A former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder managed a Major League Soccer All-Stars team featuring Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Luis Nani, in a friendly against Atletico Madrid overnight.

James O’Connor, who spent three-and-a-half years at Hillsborough, took time out of his day job as boss of Orlando City to lead the league’s best to an eventual 3-0 defeat.

Goals from Marcos Llorente, Joao Felix and Diego Costa – the last two arriving in the final five minutes – ensured victory for the visitors in Florida.

The former Manchester United trio, Ibrahimovic, Rooney and Nani, started the game, alongside Premier League alumni Braz Guzan, Alejandro Pozuelo and Carlos Vela, while Bastian Schweinsteiger was introduced as a second-half substitute.

Ibrahimovic and Schweinsteiger at the All-Stars’ training session (Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images)

O’Connor left Sheffield Wednesday midway through the Owls’ 2011-12 promotion campaign to join Orlando as a player.

He retired there two years later and went on to work as assistant manager at the club, ahead of a three-year spell as boss of Louisville City after Orlando’s franchise rights were transferred to them.

But in 2018 the Irishman, whose Sheffield Wednesday highlights include a narrowly-missed overhead kick against Brentford, was hired by the new Orlando City franchise.

Orlando City boss O’Connor. (Photo by Joseph Weiser/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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