"I don't think he'll go to England, it's not his style", Migliaccio explained. If United conceded twice at home to Newcastle, imagine what will happen when they take on Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City over the coming weeks.
But just as the Old Trafford giants - and perhaps their manager - began to stare down the barrel, substitute Mata swept in a free-kick that Anthony Martial smartly connected with as the hosts made it 2-2 with 14 minutes to go.
He might yet lose it for his side have been wholly underwhelming so far this season, but he can at least count on the support of many Old Trafford regulars.
Asked about his future at the club, Mourinho said: "They gave me contract until July, 2020".
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"Yet they are completely different players this season because they are constantly hearing their manager telling them they are not good enough".
Mourinho, though, has to want it to be positive; a catalyst.
"He's on holiday mode", was how Lancombe described him recently, whilst his team also pointed out that Zidane is capitalising on his time away from the game. At 2-0 at half-time, with all the dynamic of the man-hunting, I think they behaved amazingly well for the team. "They give me the contract because they wanted to give it me". If I could tell them please don't do it I would say that.
"So I still don't see Jose Mourinho being able to just turn it around".
"We have some kind of situation with Man United".
But Pogba's early shot was only parried by Martin Dubravka, the ball falling to Nemanja Matic who somehow cleared the open goal from six yards with a miss which summed up United's woes.
Norway striker Joshua King scored two goals and set up another to inspire Bournemouth at Watford, another team to play with 10 after Christian Kabasele was sent off in the 33rd minute.