Jose Mourinho made a comeback in the most unlikely way on Saturday when he turned out in goal in a star-studded fund-raising game for the Grenfell disaster victims at Loftus Road. The Manchester United manager left Old Trafford, where a United legends side was playing Barcelona, to return to west London, where he had so much success with Chelsea.
But it was at the home of arch-rivals QPR where Mourinho pitched up and played the pantomime villain by reprising his fledgling career as a goalkeeper in Game4Grenfell, a match packed with celebrities such as Sir Mo Farah, Olly Murs, Damian Lewis, Jack Whitehall, Marcus Mumford and Jarvis Cocker.
Mourinho kept the crowd entertained after replacing David James in goal after an hour of the game, organised by QPR’s director of football Les Ferdinand, who grew up on the Grenfell Estate.
While Ferdinand managed one side, and played briefly before damaging his Achilles’ tendon, Alan Shearer was Mourinho’s manager and allowed him to take a penalty in the shoot-out following a 2-2 draw.
Although Mourinho converted his own penalty, he conceded several more as Olly Murs scored with the winning kick for Ferdinand’s team in front of a sell-out crowd at Loftus Road.
Farah won the man of the match award after scoring the opening goal, but Mourinho was centre of attention from the moment he went on, initially to jeers.