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Wayne Rooney reunited with Duncan Ferguson in Everton defeat

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney returned to former club Everton for Duncan Ferguson's testimonial in a 2-1 defeat to Villarreal.

Rooney, who was on the books at Everton for eight years before departing for United in 2004, started from the bench alongside former team-mate Ferguson, who enjoyed two spells with the Toffees amounting to a decade of service.

Visitors Villarreal, who were Everton's opponents in the Champions League third qualifying round clash in 2005, were the brighter side throughout the contest, and took the lead on 38 minutes.

Striker Gerard was on hand to rifle home the opening goal of the game after a corner from the far side was flicked on, with Everton's defence nowhere to be seen.

Just after the hour mark Villarreal doubled their lead, with teenager Matias Nahuel firing past Tim Howard after holding off the challenge of Seamus Coleman.

Not long after, Rooney was introduced to the fray, replacing former United team-mate Tom Cleverley and enjoying a standing ovation from the Goodison Park crowd.

Current assistant manager Ferguson was introduced not long after, but it was youngster Ty Browning who scored a consolation for the Premier League side with a late header.


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