The former Chelsea boss will take charge this summer
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is set to charge of England in a Soccer Aid charity match at Old Trafford on June 5.
The 53-year-old has, ironically, been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, but it isn’t the move Manchester United fans were neither wanting, or expecting.
Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is set to manage the Rest of the World, while Sam Allardyce will be Mourinho’s assistant and the charity event’s co-founder, singer Robbie Williams, as coach.
The Portuguese, who has previously managed Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, is hoping to make history, even in the charity event, which is raising money for children’s charity UNICEF.
“I want to be the first one to win the Soccer Aid trophy for both teams, England and the Rest of the World,” Mourinho admitted.
Ranieri targeted by Mourinho
And the Portuguese has admitted that he hopes to inflict defeat on Ranieri, who has not been used to losing much this campaign, with Leicester currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
“Sam and I will make a very good partnership and it will be a great feeling for Claudio to finally lose a match!” Mourinho joked.
“I hope the organisers can help me now with an English passport!”
And Ranieri added: “Soccer Aid is a fantastic event, raising money for an amazing children’s charity in Unicef.
“For Soccer Aid’s 10th anniversary, it is a great honour that Robbie Williams has asked me to manage the Rest of the World XI and I’m looking forward to helping them defend their title.”
Soccer Aid was hosted at Wembley in 2008, while United’s home of football has welcomed the event in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, pop star Olly Murs, comedians Jack Whitehall and John Bishop are some of the names lined up to grace the Old Trafford turf this summer.
Mourinho has recently been contacted by Paris Saint-Germain, about joining the Ligue 1 outfit this summer. But United fans will hope Mourinho will return to Old Trafford for good – if the Red Devils sack Louis Van Gaal that is!