Jose Mourinho runs off bench to tackle player during FIFA Legends match

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Jose Mourinho was the man in charge of a FIFA Legends team that played a 9-a-side game against Mexico All-Stars earlier this week.

The Portuguese coach was tight-lipped over his future but told journalists he will return to management this summer, intensifying speculation of a move to Manchester United.

Mourinho appeared to be in good spirits, five months on from his sacking at Chelsea, and even ran onto the pitch to tackle a player towards the end of the friendly match. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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The ball came close to the touchline and Mourinho brilliantly ran on and intercepted it ahead of one of the Mexico All-Star players.

His touch wasn’t the best - the ball went straight to another Mexico All-Star player - but you have to admire his sharp reactions. Not bad for a 53-year-old.

Video: Jose Mourinho tackles player

Mourinho has done this before...

Of course, this isn’t the first time that Mourinho has tackled a player during a match.

Back in 2014, Mourinho ran onto the pitch and tackled pop star Olly Murs during Soccer Aid at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese tactician has clearly been biding his time, waiting for another opportunity to play the role of pantomime villain.

Mourinho's side lost 8-9

Mourinho’s side lost the match in Mexico City this week by nine goals to eight - yes, it was that sort of friendly match - prompting him to joke after the final whistle that he might find it difficult to get a new club this summer.

And considering the talent he had at his disposal this week, he might have a point.

According to the Mirror, the FIFA Legend team was made out of five teams of nine players and included the likes of Ronaldinho, Luis Figo, Clarence Seedorf and Pablo Aimar.

Mourinho on his future

Mourinho was also asked by reporters if Manchester United’s Premier League defeat to West Ham at Upton Park on Tuesday night will affect his future.

“There is plenty of time,” the former Chelsea boss was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

But he didn’t give too much more away.

Mourinho is still the firm favourite to replace the beleaguered Louis van Gaal this summer, with odds currently around the 1/5 on mark.

Rumours were rife that Mauricio Pochettino might be offered the job after he was photographed meeting Sir Alex Ferguson in London this week, but the Argentine coach has ended the speculation surrounding his future by signing a new five-year deal with Tottenham today.

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