Soccer Aid never fails to disappointment, and 2016’s edition will go down as one of the best in the charity event’s history.
The result of the annual game between an England and Rest of the World team made up of celebrities and ex-professionals never matters.
Instead, fans tune in to see such comical acts as Ben Shepherd tackling Edgar Davids in true Vinnie Jones-style, or Sam Allardyce performing a WWE move on One Direction star Niall Horan.
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The event’s organiser, Robbie Williams, appeared to pull off a real coup in getting new Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho to manage the England XI, but he ended up watching from the stands.
But that didn’t impact Mourinho’s involvement, and he was involved in England’s pre-match press conference.
Except, he wasn’t.
In a funny clip that you can view below, Bradley Walsh asks Mourinho if he has anything to say. As the Portuguese, well-known for being one of the most interesting talkers in football, begins to speak, he is immediately cut off by Walsh.
“That’s enough, Jose,” Walsh quips, much to the delight of an England team that included former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.
Mourinho watched from the stands
Mourinho is reported to have turned down the chance to manage the England team, which ran out 3-2 winners, because he felt his presence would take some of the attention away from the purpose of the match.
So he took up a seat from the stands and watched as Mark Wright’s wonderful free-kick and Jermaine Defoe’s brace rendered Dimitar Berbatov’s two goals futile.
Jose's "new house"
Before the game, the former Chelsea boss posted an image of himself with Pele inside Old Trafford. He added the caption: “An honour to host Pele at my new house,” much to the delight of United fans.
The 53-year-old continued to express his enthusiasm at his new role in the match programme, writing, per Sky Sports: "I'm sorry I couldn't be more involved tonight and I was sorry not to enjoy training with the England boys this week, but I am so happy and involved at beginning my job at Manchester United that all the time I have right now is working time!
"But I want to enjoy the game with... the crowd on this fantastic day at my house, Old Trafford."
That “working time” Mourinho could be referring to is sealing a deal to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Red Devils have emerged as favourites to sign the Swede, who has left United fans eagerly excited after admitting that a “big bomb” will be announced tomorrow.
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