Jose Mourinho would be forgiven for thinking things could not get much worse for him at Manchester United after stretching their winless run in the Premier League to four games at the weekend.
But the former Chelsea boss was offered a haunting reminder of his past as Luis Garcia dressed up as his infamous ‘ghost goal’ from 2005 to celebrate Halloween.
Mourinho famously laid into the strike which sealed Liverpool’s passage into the Champions League final, where they beat Milan on penalties after coming back from 3-0 down at half-time.
Sometimes you’ve just got to applaud the effort, but Chelsea had their own way of marking the ghostly goal. The Blues have clearly not forgotten the events of 2005 and did their own little video round up for Halloween.
Happy Halloween… ?⚽️ pic.twitter.com/NAPrH7gudT
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 31, 2016
After a goalless draw in the first leg at Stamford Bridge a week earlier, the Reds needed to win at Anfield to reach their first final in the European Cup in 20 years.
The decisive moment in the second leg came in just the fourth minute of the game, as Milan Baros was bundled onto the ground by Petr Cech after receiving a flicked through ball from Steven Gerrard.
Garcia was quickest to react and poked the ball towards the gaping goal with his left foot, before William Gallas booted it away on the line.
As the Spaniard wheeled away in celebration, the referee Lubos Michel awarded the goal and Anfield erupted.
It proved the winning goal as Rafa Benitez’s side edged a tetchy affair to book their place in a sixth European Cup final.
After the game, the beaten Mourinho was not shy to offer his version of events: ‘It was a goal that came from the moon – from the Anfield stands.’
He continued: ‘The best team lost. After they scored only one team played, the other one just defended for the whole game.
‘Liverpool scored, if you can say that they scored, because maybe you should say the linesman scored.
‘They are in the final and from my heart I hope they win it. The night belongs to them and I don’t want to criticise them.’