And I wonder what Sir Alex Ferguson watching on from the Anfield stands thought of it all? "I will be ready when I'm needed".
Discussing Mkhitaryan, Mourinho said: "He is not injured anymore and is training without any limitations". There were quite strict rules about football colours being worn by people working on the stadium, but one day I wore mine under my hi-vis and sneaked it up. I don't know. We will see.
"Hopefully we can kick on now, we have got Thursday and Sunday, and confidence is good". I couldn't be happier.
Referee Anthony Taylor played a central role in a niggly half, somehow holding off from brandishing a yellow card until the 43rd minute after a series of fouls from both teams. Replacing Marcus Rashford on the United flank, Rooney found himself operating as a utility right-back and on two occasions Liverpool's James Milner got in behind him.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli also saw three efforts stopped by the Spaniard, who was at that point starting to show his world-class talent on a more consistent basis.
Yet after a 0-0 draw in the Premier League at Anfield, low on quality and high on yawns, the satisfied Special One might just as well have reflected on the lack of stardust sprinkled by his own expensive wonders, who offered just one shot on target in a game to forget.
In its statement at the time, the FA said: "Clubs are being advised that any media comments by managers, players or any other club officials relating to appointed match officials prior to a fixture will no longer be allowed - such pre-match comments will be deemed improper and dealt with accordingly".
Neither side finished in the top four last season, but given the progress Liverpool have made and the strengthening that has taken place at United, we were entitled to expect far greater quality than what was served up at Anfield.
He admitted that it was taking time to adjust from the method that Louis van Gaal had insisted upon. It is a different way of playing, but if you're an individual you should learn what the manager wants.
Indeed, if he were still finding the net each week it might be a different story, but his early struggles this season will make it hard for him to continue getting in the team when he offers little else.
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