I thought Manchester United might be trying to exorcise their demons after the David Icke fiasco brought their devil-dealing under public scrutiny, on this blog at least, but if anything it has made them more devil-may-care, as Mourinho was shown summoning the Devil to what could be considered a crossroads of his career meeting, captured on Match of the Day BBCiplayer (U.K.).
The plot thickened even further when I looked up the name of the mascot on Wikipedia, (Fred ‘the Red’), as I saw one of their first mascots, from 1905-09, was a certain ‘Billy the Goat’, whose preserved head is still on display in the club’s museum.
As David Icke said in his show, goat symbolism has had particular significance in the occult, copying the old pagan god Pan, who was half goat and half human. That developed into Baphomet, an occult deity said to have been worshipped by the Knights Templar among others.
Fred ‘the Red’ doesn’t have the numbers 666 on his back. He wears 55.
Disclaimer: I don’t believe there’s anything sinister really, and the above is mostly parody comedy to highlight how people look for the most sublime reasons for luck or bad luck in nature, while missing or ignoring something that has much more obvious significance if you believe in religion and the power of icons.