Graeme Souness is used to having his opinions go unchallenged but he met his match last night in the shape of Mick McCarthy during a broadcast on Irish channel Virgin Media Sport.
The pair were working together doing some analysis on Manchester United’s win over Juventus in Turin last night and the actions of Jose Mourinho after the game.
The Manchester United manager strolled onto the pitch and cupped his ear toward the home fans who, he would later claim, had been abusing him and his family for the entirety of the game.
Souness, ever critical of the Portuguese, said that his actions “could have caused a riot”.
Big Mick wasn’t in a mood for listening to Souness’ exaggerations though.
“I don’t think you made I can sit here and pontificate on Jose Mourinho when you stuck a flag in the middle of the pitch in Turkey,” said the ex-Republic of Ireland boss.
He was referring, of course, to an incident that took place back when Souness was managing the Istanbul side Galatasaray. After winning a rendition of the Intercontinental derby against Fenerbahce, which was also a Cup final, he walked into the centre circle and stuck a Galatasaray flag in the centre of the pitch, which literally almost sparked a riot.
To be fair to McCarthy, he continued: “And I’ve had an over-exuberant celebration at Norwich.” Referencing a lively exchange he had with some the Canaries’ supporters after an Old Farm earlier this year.
Maybe he had a point about his pots and kettles interruption of Souness.