What unfolded was nightmarish: 36 shots for Liverpool to Man United’s six, a 3-1 defeat, no ambition or attacking design from Mourinho’s team, and a shake of the head from Sir Alex Ferguson watching in the stands.
But according to Jackson, no changes are even under contemplation at United, where it will be business as usual ahead of the club’s trip to Cardiff City on Saturday.
The tone of supporters has shifted from one of general anger at the manager to something more emotional, desperate even. People are exasperated by the embarrassment being visited upon their club.
Feelings are especially strong because Liverpool away is, for virtually every supporter, the most important league fixture in the calendar. United had not lost there in the league since 2013 – a 1-0 defeat under David Moyes – and way they limped to defeat on Sunday stings badly.
Unfortunately, though, the pain supporters are feeling this week will have no bearing whatsoever on the club’s stance on Mourinho, whose job is safe until Champions League qualification is no longer possible.