The Jose Mourinho roller-coaster powers on. Last night, Manchester United secured a 2-1 comeback victory over Juventus, a result that prompted the Portuguese manager to enter the field and cup his ear. This act was met with very different reactions from Mick McCarthy and Graeme Souness.
The pair were speaking on Virgin Media Sport for Wednesday night's day and had different interruptions to Mourinho's celebration. Former Liverpool and Galatasaray manager Souness felt that it could have incited something in the Italian crowd.
No. He could cause a riot, that's what it would. The Italians have just lost and he is remonstrating with supporters. The Juve players get involved with him. You can't do that.
We've both been managers, you get that (stick from fans) anyway. That is part of the deal. If your team is winning away from home, if your team is not playing, you get it. That is part of the deal. You just have to take it on the chin.
It is alright to cause a riot?
In response to this condemnation, McCarthy suggested those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
"I don't think you and I can sit here and pontificate about Jose Mourinho when you have stuck the flag in the middle of the pitch in Turkey and I've had an over-exuberant celebration at Norwich."
Graeme: "He could've caused a riot."
Mick: "You've stuck the flag in the middle of the pitch in Turkey!"
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) November 7, 2018
He is, of course, referencing the 1995 Turkey derby when then Galatasaray manager Sounes stuck a flag into the centre circle of the pitch against arch-rivals Fenerbahçe. It was an incident Souness was keen to dismiss as "a lifetime ago" but one McCarthy quite rightly pointed out also nearly instigated a riot.
Never change, Mick.