It is probably typical of José Mourinho, arguably the most prolific trophy-getter in the business, that his riposte to Roy Keane’s observation that Manchester United’s first season under new management had been an “embarrassment” should involve confirming a place in another of the game’s showpiece events. Yes, it is not the European final a club with United’s ambitions crave but it still feels like a return to better days and, post-Ferguson, that made this one of the happier occasions since Mourinho took over.
He certainly seemed invigorated as he stood in front of the Stretford End, pumping his fists, and no doubt there was a measure of relief in that celebration bearing in mind an extraordinary finale in which Eric Bailly was sent off with Celta’s goal-scorer, Facundo Roncaglia, and the nerve-shredding moment six minutes into stoppage time when La Liga’s 12th-placed side had a golden chance to turn the night upside down.
Source: Football News
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