United host Newcastle on Saturday, October 5, 7:30pm East African Time (EAT), in what will probably be Mourinho's most intense game at the helm.
It remains to be seen whether Mourinho will last much longer, yet Zinedine Zidane is an overwhelming favourite with the bookies to succeed him if the axe falls. Where are the values and the principles of Manchester United if this is true?
It's no secret that the Portuguese coach has become increasingly agitated at the coverage of his team's recent plight by the media, however Friday's episode brings to a close a hard week in which the former Real Madrid coach dropped points to Valencia and entered into a public disagreement with the Greater Manchester Police.
Add to that a Carabao Cup defeat at the hands of Derby County and a below-par 0-0 draw against Valencia on Tuesday night, and there are more than just a few worrying signs.
READ ALSO: 'I was not able to face my family when my daughter couldn't attend school':Cosmas Korir SportPesa Mega Jackpot victor. Mourinho has had a tumultuous season, as feuds with players like Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial bled over into the media.
Manchester United will stand by Jose Mourinho for now as the beleaguered manager battles to save his job at Old Trafford.
Some reports suggest that United officials could show Mourinho the door during next week's global break.
And then when asked if he could give reasons as to why it was not performing he casually replied: "No."
"I think at this moment in time any manager would struggle in that football club".
"[We have had] recovering time for the players that played against Valencia and good work for the others that obviously were in ideal condition to train", Mourinho added.
One interesting question for Mourinho is this: will Marcus Rashford, returning to domestic action from a three-match suspension, occupy Alexis Sanchez's favoured position on the left wing from the get-go?
According to the Daily Mail, a number of coaches have already started giving out their home telephone numbers so the club can get in touch with them should they be sacked. "So we expect a hard match".
The Mirror report also claims that Michael Carrick will take temporary charge of the United team until a replacement is found.