Manchester United's victory over Juventus is made all the more impressive by the fact that teams simply don’t win at the Allianz Stadium.
Prior to last night’s match against the Red Devils, the Old Lady had lost just nine of the 188 matches they’ve played at their stadium.
And that number looked set to stay the same when Cristiano Ronaldo gave Juventus the lead on Wednesday evening.
But Man United managed to turn things around with a spirited comeback to make it three wins in a row in all competitions.
Juan Mata levelled the scores with a wonderful free-kick before, with the game entering injury time, Juve’s Alex Sandro bundled the ball into his own net.
The stats may have favoured the Italians, but the only thing that matters to Jose Mourinho is the scoreline.
When the final whistle blew, the Portuguese coach cupped a hand to his ear and taunted the home crowd.
Man Utd fans' message to Bonucci
His actions irked Leonardo Bonucci, who approached Mourinho to complain.
Yet this is the same Bonucci who not only left Juventus to sign for AC Milan before returning after one season, but celebrated when he scored against them.
The centre-back returned to the Allianz Stadium in April after seven years with Juve. But he had no concerns about celebrating in front of the supporters he once cheered his name.
So for Bonucci to react angrily to Mourinho’s celebrations appears a little hypocritical.
The Man United boss insisted that, on second thoughts, he shouldn’t have goaded the Juventus fans.
But it was a natural reaction to hearing insults about his family.
“I didn’t offend anyone at the end, I just made a gesture that I wanted to hear them louder,” he said.
“I probably shouldn’t have done it, and with a cool head I wouldn’t have done it, but with my family insulted, including my Inter family, I reacted like this.”
Emotions were running high, but it’s a shame that Mourinho’s actions have taken some of the attention away from the tremendous efforts of his players.
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