Jesse Lingard scored twice after being brought off the bench to help Manchester United recover from two goals down in their 2-2 draw with Burnley this afternoon. Second half they dominated a lot more.
Yet such has been City's irresistible form, United, after snatching a draw from the jaws of victory away to Leicester City last weekend, could no longer afford another setback. Jurgen Klopp is believed to have been eyeing up the 25-year-old as he looks to bolster his defensive ranks.
An injury sustained to regular first-choice Tom Heaton in their narrow 1-0 win over Crystal Palace back in September presented the Cambridge-born goalkeeper with his opportunity and he hasn't looked back. Things will not get better with a second goal.
These kind of results make people sit up and take notice.
That may be one of many reasons why Mourinho and Manchester United are not suitable bedfellows after all.More news: United States drone kills two near Kurram
The draw did not affect United's second place on the standings however, even though Chelsea drew beat visiting Brighton 2-0 to cut their lead to one point.
Ashley Barnes' opening goal was significant for another reason. I say, in the last two matches, we had 15 chances to score and we conceded three goals and an awesome free-kick so the boys do what they can.
Mourinho's side have now shipped in five with this latest defeat handing the Reds a chance to close the gap to them to five points.
With Manchester City not in action until Wednesday s trip to Newcastle, United are now 12 points behind the runaway leaders.
In so many ways, the events of December 2017 have re-enforced the reservations United fans had over Mourinho when he arrived at their club, with many now publicly questioning whether they want him to continue as their manager beyond this season for the first time.More news: TSMC to manufacture Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipsets on 7nm process in 2018
There's also no way today was good for the burgeoning pairing between Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimović. "When you speak about big football clubs, you are speaking about the history of the club". We scored early, we didn't relax on that, we scored again. He's managed 0.33 goals per 90 minutes since Ibrahimović joined up with him in United's attack.
"I don't know how they score a goal from a free kick, rebound here, rebound there", he added.
Writing off one of the game's most successful managers of all-time is a risky game, but it seems like the fire that once gave Mourinho his "special" quality is no longer flickering inside him, and while there may have been hope that Mourinho could change his ways at United, this maverick will not change for anyone.More news: Kiltearn Partners Llp Has Raised Mckesson Corp (MCK) Position by $24.08 Million