Jose Mourinho offers Mark Wright two-week trial with Manchester United

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Former 'The Only Way is Essex’ star Mark Wright stole the show at Old Trafford on Sunday during Soccer Aid.

The 29-year-old put in a solid performance at left-back and scored a thunderous free-kick to open the scoring for England against Rest of the World.

Lining up the ball some 30 yards out in the second half, Wright struck the ball with venom and precision to beat comedian and goalkeeper Patrick Kielty.


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It was a moment to behold as the goalscorer wheeled away in celebration with the likes of Danny Murphy and Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe.

It perhaps comes as no surprise, then, that several professional clubs are interested in signing Wright, but no one could have predicted the team that have reportedly offered him a two-week trial: Manchester United.

That’s right, according to The Sun, Jose Mourinho approached Wright following the charity clash to “ask him if he was free to head up to United’s training ground” in July.

Incredible. Here’s the free-kick that's drawn such attention.

The same report also suggests that Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has contacted Wright and made a “serious offer”. All this because of one free-kick and one excellent performance.

A source said: “Mark has always fancied himself as a decent footballer.

“But he didn’t expect this amount of interest after Soccer Aid.

“Jose came up to him after the game and asked him if he was free to head up to United’s training ground to see how he gets on among some professionals.

“Mark is now making sure he can fit it into his schedule but he is very keen. Sam rang on Tuesday with a similar offer.

“Mark is taking it in his stride but has told friends that if something serious does come of it he would drop the TV work in a heartbeat.

“He may be 29, which is old in football terms, but he would love a couple of years playing for a living.”

England eventually ran out 3-2 winners at the Theatre of Dreams but only after going down to 10 men.

Shortly after Wright’s opener, TV presenter Ben Shephard saw red after a series of reckless challenges, namely on Edgar Davids.

Former United striker Dimitar Berbatov then struck twice to give Rest of the World the lead, but two goals from the aforementioned Defoe secured England victory.

Man-of-the-match Wright reportedly said after the game: “I have got to pinch myself. I can’t even explain the feeling.”

The best could be yet to come, though.

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