The 3-0 loss to Spurs at Old Trafford represented the heaviest home defeat of Mourinho's career - a setback that ratcheted up scrutiny and pressure, but one they responded to with a run of three successive away wins in all competitions. If we had played against Wolves like we did against Tottenham, then we win.
While many fans are quick to blame Mourinho and his tactics for recent results, the main problem, by all indications, seems to be his man management.
United host Wolves on Saturday with the chance to win four games in a row for the first time since January, and Mourinho said he is confident his team have improved from last season.
Mourinho was scathing of his team's attitude, claiming Wolves played like it was a World Cup final and United were only at 30 per cent.
Wolves started their Premier League campaign strongly, winning nine points in opening six matches, losing just once. We didn't have that. "They started better were more aggressive, had more intent and I don't know why but they were more motivated", the United manager said.
United grew in confidence after scoring and it required an acrobatic diving save by Rui Patricio deep in first half injury-time to deny Fred a second goal, this from a left-foot free-kick.
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"It has been nearly four weeks since we last played at Old Trafford, but I can not forget how awesome the atmosphere was in our last home game, even though it was a defeat".
"We start poorly, we start both halves at a low intensity, and it's hard to win matches when you are not there with everything you have".
"It is a bit of a contradiction but I'm more disappointed today than I was against Tottenham".
"We didn't have a team that was in big trouble with an accumulation of matches. That's my way of thinking - we should move better, we should move more, yeah". "But I did not like my team". "That is one goal you concede".
Attitude is the sort of thing that can be enormously positive, such as giving yourself the moniker of "the Special One" before delivering Chelsea their first title in decades, or it can be negative, such as, hmmm, I dunno, poking someone in the eye.
"Thank you Old Trafford for what you gave us after Tottenham".
'We've spoken in the last 24 hours to congratulate me but it was very brief but we talked family.