Old Trafford gives Mourinho raucous welcome
06 June 2016, 13:03
Manchester - Jose Mourinho enjoyed a
raucous reception as he watched a charity match from the stands on Sunday in
his first appearance at Old Trafford since being named Manchester United
Just nine days after the official
confirmation of Mourinho's appointment, the 53-year-old was in Manchester to
give his support to Unicef, who use the Soccer Aid friendly to raise money for
children in danger across the world.
The former Chelsea boss originally agreed
to manage an "England" team consisting of former internationals,
musicians, actors and other celebrities, against a Rest of the World team
coached by Leicester's Claudio Ranieri and featuring a host of retired legends.
But, following his move to United, Mourinho
decided to save his first game on the home bench for the club's clash with
Everton in Wayne Rooney's testimonial on August 3.
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce took care of
the match-day management duties instead, while Mourinho watched from the
directors box as England won 3-2.
"I'm sorry I couldn't be more involved
tonight, but I'm so happy and involved at the beginning of my job at Manchester
United that all the time I have right now is working time," Mourinho wrote
in the match programme.
"But I love the boys at Soccer Aid so
much - the atmosphere and especially the cause - that I couldn't be away on the
day of the game."
Plenty of fans were waiting outside Old
Trafford to greet Mourinho when he got off the England team bus and some in the
stands held aloft signs and banners bearing his name.
Mourinho, hired to replace Louis van Gaal
on a three-year deal, was given a loud reception from supporters, some of whom
snapped up scarfs emblazoned with the new United manager's name and face, and
it didn't take long for the Portuguese to make himself at home.
Pele was Unicef's guest of honour and
Mourinho posted a photo on his Instagram account of him and the Brazil legend
as they shook hands in front of a Manchester United badge in the players'
The caption to Mourinho's photo read:
"An honour to host Pele at my new house" and he also posted a picture
of himself standing in the tunnel looking towards the pitch.
Mourinho gave an interview to ITV before
kick-off, but his microphone broke before he could get into full flow.
"I'm very happy to be here, and
especially alongside Ranieri, who won the Premier League, and Sam, who saved
Sunderland from relegation," Mourinho said.
"It's a shame I've really not had a
chance to enjoy this season as much as they did."
Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe scored
twice for an England side including Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher, as well
as pop star Robbie Williams and One Direction's Louis Tomlinson.
Ronaldinho, Cafu, Jaap Stam and Edgar
Davids starred for the Rest of the World, whose goals were scored by former
Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Mourinho will take charge of his first game
as United boss when they face Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on July 22.
With his charity commitments out of the
way, Mourinho has to focus on a less pleasant distraction as the employment
tribunal brought by former Chelsea first-team doctor Eva Carneiro begins on
Carneiro is claiming constructive dismissal
against Chelsea and Mourinho could be called as a witness.