Jose Mourinho sat in the chair he has sat in a thousand times in the Stamford Bridge press room and let a new sensation wash over him.
Maybe he recognised it as something that was occasionally extended to him in a life before he anointed himself the Special One. It smelled like sympathy.
Mourinho as the wronged man doesn’t happen very often but instead of being chased out of Chelsea on Saturday, fearing for his job and taking another hit to his reputation, he left with apologies from his former club ringing in his ears and hope that his Manchester United team is finally showing signs of life.
Ross Barkley scored with one of the final kicks of the game to rescue a point for Chelsea against Manchester United