It was the month in which supporters reluctantly accepted that Manchester City are the better team and are likely to win the league title.
The England worldwide has taken inspiration from fiercest rivals Manchester City when they overcame an eight-point deficit and snatched the title from the Old Trafford club on a theatrical final day of the 2011/12 campaign.
Nevertheless, Mourinho does not think that any signing will bridge the gap between United and City in terms of points in the Premier League this season, with Guardiola’s side 15 clear ahead of its trip to Liverpool on Sunday.
Two weeks ago Mourinho thought it was unlikely there would be any arrivals at Old Trafford in January but Alexis Sanchez’s apparent availability may have changed all that. Valencia looked as surprised as anyone that it came with his left foot.
Ibrahimovic has had a successful career at Old Trafford so far, scoring 28 goals in 46 games last season and helping the team to the FA Cup and Europa League in his first season at the club.
Tymon was also at fault for United’s second, after 38 minutes, losing the ball to Lukaku before he in turn pulled it back for Pogba.
The Frenchman joined United for a then world-record £89.3 million ($118.2 million, 100.6 million euros) from Juventus in 2016. However, perhaps even United’s manager didn’t realise it would only take 18 months. After two years at Madrid, Mourinho signed a four-year extension.
The 55-year-old was apparently discontent with the transfer budget he was allocated at the club, however, those rumours were dismissed as completely unfounded by the man himself.
Paul Lambert, who had been named the successor to Mark Hughes earlier in the day, was in attendance watching his new Potters side and would have been looking for some positives to work with.
The Spaniard’s current deal expires next summer but the club have the option of increasing it by a year. They had more chances than I would have liked them to have had in the first half.
The United boss was asked if talks were already underway with the 27-year-old Spanish global, who has been at Old Trafford since 2011.