Last season, having beaten League Two Luton Town at home, United duly bowed the knee
3-0 at Chelsea when Rafa played the likes of Haidara, Saivet, Manquillo and Mbemba.
Sunderland had infamously knocked out Newcastle in the play-off semi-finals with a Marco Gabbiadini and Eric Gates ram raid at St James's Park, but they then bowed the knee
1-0 to Ardiles' bright young Swindon side.
The Grand National finally bowed the knee
to grey power after more than half a century.
Adam Scott bowed the knee
to 5-1 outsider Hideto Tanihara, joint fifth at Hoylake last year, yesterday but, like Clarke, will have left the course in a positive frame of mind rather than a negative one.
If such people are to hold on, and hold out, they will have to find a sanctuary, a Church that has not bowed the knee
to modernity, one that is the unashamed repository of teachings and traditions that date back to another King, one Jesus.