Luke Shaw was the first player off the United bench on the hour, and it might well be the final time that the left-back is seen in a Red Shirts shirt as speculation surrounding his futures gathers pace.
"After a lot of consideration, and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to move on", he said. You can be negative until the point that you say that Scott McTominay, who is a kid who arrived here at nine years old, is not good enough.
Mourinho has decided he can not adequately replace his right-hand man of the past 17 years and will instead redesign his staff with no official deputy. "I think it will be Michael Carrick in the future", he said.
Explaining his vision for next term, the Portuguese said: "Moving forward I will organise my coaching staff in a way where the assistant manager figure doesn't exist".
Mourinho told a news conference: "It is hard because for me these two seasons I got him in the last period of his career when it was hard for him to play consecutive matches at higher intensity; never a big injury thankfully, but little problems were coming now and again and when he was ready for more, a little problem was coming".
"I'm going to have coaches, assistant coaches, I'm going to have fitness coaches and a structure where they have specialists in different areas". It is an unbelievable opportunity for me.
Of course, most saw through that and wanted to surmise that this was a sign that Jose Mourinho had made "another" mistake with a young player, as it deemed to be the death knell for his career.
It was understood that Anthony Martial would start as well, but he is not even in the match day squad. "He was injured, he was injured Friday training session, yesterday couldn't train". Some have always been waiting for this and have come to terms with selling him, but some are still angry to see such a talented player be wasted by Mourinho.
It seems likely that the team who started the FA Cup semi final will be trusted to play the final against Chelsea. The most important quality is to be a MAN, capitals. Part of this family is Sir Alex and he's had a tough week this week, I would just like to say I'm sure he appreciates all the support you have given him.