Rage, rage, against the dy­ing of de­light: Jose loses his bot­tle

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Viewpoints -

IT was poor from Jose, smash­ing wa­ter bot­tles against the ground in de­light as Man­ches­ter United scored their late win­ner against Young Boys of Berne.

I say de­light, though it might have been rage too, be­cause these days he al­ways seems to be ca­pa­ble of rage at any­thing, re­ally, any­thing at all — given the mis­ery that he seems to be con­stantly en­dur­ing as man­ager of Man Utd, per­haps that goal just meant that his agony would be pro­longed.

And yes it was poor from Jose, be­cause it was the kind of cel­e­bra­tion that he would once have re­garded with dis­dain — the sort of thing that he would ex­pect only from the sad­dest of men. The sort of men who think that beat­ing the Young Boys of this world should be cel­e­brated at all, when it should not — in­stead it should be a cold-blooded an­ni­hi­la­tion, which is what such nights used to be like for him. And of course for Alex Fer­gu­son, dur­ing the years of The Ter­ror.

A while back I urged those of you who’d had their lives de­stroyed by The Ter­ror to savour these times of tor­ment for United, these days which we thought we would never see — be­cause it can’t last much longer.

Now I’m not so sure.

Be­cause even when we are wit­ness­ing these scenes of delir­ium, it is usu­ally be­cause United have some­how snatched a re­sult against New­cas­tle, or Bournemouth, or in­deed Young Boys.

Which puts them in this pe­cu­liar po­si­tion whereby their wild cel­e­bra­tions of vic­tory against poor teams, is it­self a rea­son for their en­e­mies to cel­e­brate — time was they’d be do­ing this af­ter win­ning the Cham­pi­ons League in in­jury time, now they’re at it af­ter sur­viv­ing a tense af­fair at home to Le­ices­ter.

Which is poor from them, and of course poor from Jose — and the poor, as we know, get poorer.

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