Mourinho could do with a morale-boosting win on Saturday, with fourth-placed Arsenal already boasting a six-point cushion over United.
The Portuguese has been criticised in some quarters since taking the Old Trafford reins, yet the former Chelsea boss insists there is no club he would rather be with right now.
The future of his players has also been a hot topic over the past fortnight after Mourinho appeared to take aim at Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling following United’s 3-1 win at Swansea.
The players’ pain threshold came into question but both missed out on the England squad because of injury problems, with Shaw understood to have been suffering pain in the leg that was so horrifically fractured in two places back in September 2015.
The left-back is fully fit again but could be overlooked against Arsenal, while it was reported that Smalling may not play again before Christmas having broken a toe in two places.
“I don’t say a word about Chris Smalling,” Mourinho said sternly.
“You have your sources, you trust your sources, you do the big headlines with your sources and now I am not interested in commenting on that.
“Luke Shaw I will comment on, yes
He worked well in this period where we had a very small group, which is not the best but he worked really well.
“He is ready to play
I don’t have any problem with him, I am not saying he plays or he doesn’t play tomorrow.
“I am saying that he is my player, a young player with potential
A young player like every young player with little problems, with things that needs to learn, with things he needs to improve.
“But he is a player of my confidence and playing now five matches in two weeks like we are going to do, in three different competitions, for sure he is going to play.”