Saturday's tie between West Ham and Man United will see one side look to continue their recent run of form while the other desperately seeks to find some of their own.
"I don't come here and say the training session was not very good, that the players are not committed and that I have a bad feeling". "Much louder, much more aggressive, words with a -completely different dimension, you would get a lot".
The result leaves United nine points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and Manchester City after just seven games. A gap the size of a truck appeared in the away side's defence and, given Marko Arnautovic is rather smaller than your average 18-wheeler, he had time and space to pick his spot.
"For many months people are asking for Martial", Mourinho told BT Sport about his choice of attackers.
"Alexis Sanchez is not playing well enough", Mourinho said, explaining why the club's highest earner didn't even make the bench against West Ham.
"Maybe it is your fault [United's press officer] ... what happened the other day happens many days, conversations with players I have many, many, many times". It was unfair to ask the youngster to adapt to a new position against the excellent front three that West Ham have.
Indifferent league form, an early exit from the Cup and ongoing controversy surrounding star player Paul Pogba all paint the picture of Man United being club suffering from an early season crisis. He was needlessly offside to woefully misjudge a header and dribbled the ball out of play in his first two contributions, with things not really getting any better from there.
Anthony Martial's relationship with Mourinho hit an all-time low during the summer, when Pogba's fellow France global was fined for reputedly leaving the club's pre-season American tour without permission to attend the birth of his baby son, something the player is understood to dispute.
"I just think they have actually become a very, very average team with a very negative manager".