While United believe they can make up the difference between themselves and Pep Guardiola's side, it seems as though Mourinho's headline-grabbing remarks about the club's spending have not gone unnoticed.
In BT Sport's coverage of United's 0-0 draw with Southampton, Martin Keown ludicrously suggested the manager had lost the dressing room, while Paul Scholes, on the same panel, suggested Paul Pogba had "strolled" through the game. Pogba doesn't look fit. That doesn't all mean we have to be phenomenal. Paul Scholes is well qualified as a commentator, he was a great player.
Allardyce, meanwhile, criticised his players for the manner in which they conceded each goal.
"Scholes will be in history as a phenomenal player. It's just the way football is".
"Graeme Souness had a piece in the Sunday Times a few weeks ago when Pogba was suspended and the headline was "Man United would be better off without Pogba", Dunphy said. Mata twice went close with spectacular efforts and Martial changed the complexion of the game with a fine finish but Lingard's goal was the most eye-catching moment.
"He gave so much to my club that I can only thank him because the prestige of this club is based on people like him".
"50 percent of that is 12.5 silverware, 25 percent is around six".
"Maybe I will be lucky this time and the kings of rock "n" roll who said I was underperforming last match will now say I'm performing", the United manager said, referring to Scholes and two other former United players-turned-pundits, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. "If he's 25 percent, he'll be quite happy". You have to hold up your hands and say City have been the best team, so second place and good runs in the FA Cup and Champions League would represent a good campaign.
Mourinho will never be as big a fan hero at Old Trafford as the likes of Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville even if he spends 10 successful years with United, and the Portuguese knows that.
"Most definitely", McClaren told Premier League Daily, when asked whether Lingard should be in Gareth Southgate's squad next summer.