United were expected to be relatively quiet in the current window, but have unexpectedly launched a move for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in a bid to snatch him from under the noses of Manchester rivals, Man City.
United are looking to extend their unbeaten run to six matches in all competitions, with Mourinho's men keeping clean sheets in their last three games - against Southampton, Everton and Derby.
The Armenian started this season in a similar vein, laying on regular assists for the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, before a loss of form led to another ostracizing by Mourinho.
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There was also a feeling within Old Trafford that Arsenal, and manager Arsene Wenger, would not sanction a sale to United and Mourinho due to the embarrassment caused by Robin van Persie's success in a United shirt following his move there in 2012 and, perhaps more significantly, the long-running tension between Mourinho and Wenger.
Though, the player is struggling to get back in full flow this season and looks to have been sidelined in recent weeks. I am not the kind of blind manager - blind in the sense that, this player is untouchable, he can never be sold. So hopefully we can improve our level because I really think it was good.
With the January transfer window open, the Reds boss is being asked about possible signings every week by the media, while fans always eagerly await any news during this period and in the summer months. Still, if the right player comes along, and at a steal of a price, you have to pull the trigger on executing the transfer buy. Then it's up to us to make the decision: yes or no. He probably will play the next one against Stoke. "So Saturday [he is] training, then Sunday [he is] selected and Monday [he will] play".