A Clarence Seedorf hat-trick inspired Jose Mourinho’s Rest of the World team to a 4-2 win over England at Old Trafford in Soccer Aid 2014.
The Dutch midfielder was impressive throughout the bi-annual charity game and opened the scoring with a blinding effort into the roof of the net just after half-time. Nicky Byrne made it 2-0 with another excellent finish, before England came back to level proceedings.
Seedorf then curled home a deflected effort four minutes from time before completing his treble in added-on time to seal a 4-2 victory in the game which raised £4.2million for UNICEF.
United legends Edwin van der Sar and Jaap Stam started for the Rest of the World, but Treble winner Teddy Sheringham sadly had to pull out for England through injury. There was a smattering of United fans on the Old Trafford pitch, too, with former Westlife star Byrne, comedian Patrick Kielty and X Factor’s Olly Murs all involved.
The latter looked lively from the start and brought the first save of the game after just four minutes. After collecting a lovely cross-field pass from Kevin Phillips, Murs skipped down the left wing before cutting inside and curling an effort straight at van der Sar. Three minutes later Murs powered into the area with his cross falling to McBusted’s Danny Jones but his low drive was well blocked.
Phillips was proving a nuisance for Stam and co. and went close with a flicked header after rising to meet Jonny Wilkes’ free-kick.
The Rest of the World took their time to get going, but after manager Mourinho had stepped onto the pitch to try to win the ball off Murs, much to the surprise and delight of the raucous Old Trafford crowd, they began to look dangerous with their two no.10s, Seedorf and Alessandro Del Piero, pulling the strings.
The pair combined on 20 minutes inside the area, with the impressive Des Walker needing to make a good block. Seedorf then tried his luck from 35 yards before flicking the best