New Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is set to pull out of this weekend's Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford.
This has been reported by The Sun, who claim that the Portuguese tactician has decided to step aside as he knows all the focus will be on him and fears it could overshadow the event.
Mourinho, 53, was named as Louis van Gaal's successor at the Theatre of Dreams last week and was set to take charge of the England team against the Rest of the World, who will be managed by Leicester City's Premier League-winning manager Claudio Ranieri.
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The report from The Sun claims that the former Chelsea coach will take training for the charity event at Fulham on Thursday and Friday but will then hand Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce the main role on Sunday.
Allardyce was set to act as Mourinho's No.2 in Manchester, but it now appears that he will take charge of the England team. It may leave United fans disappointed, but it's easy to understand why Mourinho is set to pull out at this stage.
The Red Devils faithful will, however, be hoping to see Mourinho get to work ahead of the 2016/17 campaign. Change is clearly required at Old Trafford and a number of new signings are expected to arrive this summer.
There has, of course, been talk of Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic arriving at United, but it's far from certain as to whether the club will be able to get the deal over the line.
Ultimately, then, it's unlikely that Mourinho will take to Old Trafford on Sunday, but a number of high-profile names will be involved in the charity game.
Ex-Manchester United players Jaap Stam and Dimitar Berbatov are set to line up for the Rest of the World team, while the likes of Cafu. Cannavaro, Dida, Ronaldinho, Edgar Davids, Samuel Eto’o and Jens Lehmann will also play a role in the fixture.
The England team, meanwhile, could feature the likes of Phil Neville, David Seaman, Sol Campbell, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler, Jermain Defoe, Danny Murphy and Kieron Dyer.
Soccer Aid raises money for Unicef and tickets are still available for the 8pm kick-off on Sunday. Head over to the Manchester United website for more information.
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