Alan Shearer joked that Jose Mourinho is the “second best thing” to Sir Alex Ferguson before the Game4Grenfell.
Shearer and Les Ferdinand managed their respective teams in the game to raise money for the Grenfell tower tragedy that killed at least 80 people.
Shearer poked fun at the Manchester United boss before the game as Jose played as goalkeeper for part of the game and during the penalty shootout.
“It’s a fantastic cause, I know you’ve all travelled from all over the country to be here,” Shearer said to his team.
“Last night I was delighted when I heard that the greatest manager ever was coming to join us. I’ve got to apologise Sir Alex isn’t here, but we’ve got the second best thing. We’ve got Mourinho.”
Ferdinand’s team beat Shearer’s in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 result at Loftus Road, with pop star Olly Murs scoring the winning penalty in a 4-3 shootout win.
“I just told them I would play in goal because I wouldn’t have to run so much!” Mourinho told Sky after the match. “We have to bring some fun, something different to these matches.
“Matches where, in this case, you are honouring the memories of many. And trying to give happiness to the ones who stayed.
“So my decision was I don’t want to be a manager because that’s what I am every day, I want to play, I want to do something different.
“I wouldn’t have expected it to go to penalties, and my record on penalties keeps going. I’ve lost nine and won only once!”
Mourinho even chad a playful moan about the officiating, adding: “The yellow card was not the problem, the problem is the second goal being a clear offside.”