Accordingly, overs is strongly fancied in the market, even though United do not rate among the most prolific teams in the top-flight.
Yet Mourinho is intent that United take Hull, whose manager Silva is a friend, seriously. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford are also involved up front.
"I played with fresh players and I don't want to say anything about first-choice or second-choice, but we played with fresh players, the players who didn't play against West Ham".
The Man United manager is adamant no hierarchy exists within his squad, with an attacking arsenal like that to call on the 'Special One' is eager to keep everyone happy. "I don't want to put things in (terms of) first team, second team or first choice second choice".
On those comparisons with the "Special One", the Tigers' chief said: "I agree with Jose, it is never good when you compare different coaches".
Mourinho will again opt for those fresh players tonight. "I was on the bench ready to come on if I was needed; you always have to be ready".
Hull City recorded a win in their Saturday's FA Cup third-round fixture against Swansea City. Ahmed Elmohamady is at the African Nations Cup with Egypt, so David... Match reports do not suggest it was a particularly impressive display which is probably to be expected given the club's poor season so far and presence of a new leader in the dugout.
"So I think United, who nullified Liverpool very well the first time they played at Anfield, may have the edge on Sunday". This Monday we will know the name of our next rival.
While Curtis Davies, Ahmed Elmohamady and Moses Odubajo were already out with injuries, Michael Dawson was also taken off with a shoulder problem on the weekend.