Background shenanigans, disjointed displays and poor results have put Old Trafford in the eye of a storm, but Tuesday's Champions League tie offered the chance to divert some of the mounting focus.
United players have struggled to maintain their composure with the club having already received three red cards this season.
"We had probably a couple of the biggest chances to win, but I have accepted the result as a fair result", he said.
"I'm actually sat here surprised he (Mourinho) survived after Saturday, the performance was that bad", the Englishman told BT Sport.
"The players, they tried, they raised the level of their effort, they raised the level of their intensity".
If that seemed to be a veiled reference - yes, another one - to the fact that United failed to upgrade their squad with an extra central defender in summer, Mourinho was more explicit in a television interview when he claimed his centre-halves do not have the technical ability to play out from the back.
United are up against Juventus in their next two Champions League games, as they will host the Italian giants on October 23 before the reverse fixture in Turin on Nov 7.
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Now he's injured I hope he recovers well because he's an important player for us", the Portuguese worldwide told reporters. Pep Guardiola has provided injury updates on Manchester City duo Benjamin Mendy and Kevin De Bruyne .
Against the top six sides United grabbed admirable results but they faltered against teams who were considerably weaker.
"GMP has previously used police vehicles to accompany a team's coach but after a review of our core policing responsibilities, it was decided that we would no longer provide this service at every fixture".
"He's coming out in press conferences constantly having a go at players, having at go at people above him because he's not getting what he wants", said Scholes.
" I am not interested in that, I don't need to know what Paul Scholes said".
Mourinho has endured a hard week, failing to win at home for the fourth match in a row, losing away to West Ham and getting knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Championship side Derby County. I said in pre-season last season was phenomenal to finish second.
One fan wrote: "Sack Mourinho now!"
Is time running out for Mourinho?