The Frenchman started against Valencia in midweek, an indication he would not play against Liverpool, and his performance – although not entirely his fault – was not good enough to merit a recall.
It has already been confirmed that, amid an injury crisis comprising nine players, Mourinho would restore Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, David de Gea, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera to the starting lineup.
With all that in mind, here is how we think United will set-up for a massive game with Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Mourinho is the only Premier League manager to claim consecutive goalless draws at Anfield against Klopp, and you can be sure the 55-year-old would be delighted to make it a hat-trick this weekend.
He does not, you suspect, truly believe his players have what it takes to beat Liverpool, and so will revert to full Mourinho mode: men behind the ball, pressing hard, maintaining a solid shape, lumping play up the pitch with the vague hope it sticks to Romelu Lukaku.
You can only hope at least a couple of injured players make a return.