United were denied by a late equaliser as they drew 1-1 with Anderlecht in Brussels, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring a vital away goal midway through the first-half.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has said that Sergio Romero is not guaranteed to play in goal for United if they progress to the Europa League final.
There is one possibility, floated in the presence of José Mourinho on Wednesday, that would mean a bittersweet subplot for Manchester United should their status as the only English team left in European competition stretch all the way to the final of the Europa League.
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Despite Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera available as more "natural" choices to take corners and free-kicks, Mourinho has revealed he put Rashford on set piece duty because he can be "trusted" with them. With a crucial mid-week tie at home to Belgian side Anderlecht lurking and with Zlatan's game-time requiring careful management (he has already appeared 45 times for the club this season), a rest could only be a good thing.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho sent a clear message to forward Anthony Martial yesterday, saying he needs to do more to impress him and comparing his approach unfavourably with that of team-mate Marcus Rashford. "If we can play like we did against Chelsea, then I am sure we can get through against Anderlecht and into the semi-finals".
"Of course they cannot do miracles but I hope that they can do everything to play". The same way I know what the players like, the players know what I like.
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He said: "This is a player who had not scored since September but I stuck with him and I stuck with him because I trust him". I think it is just that.
Both Martial and Mkhitaryan are in the squad for the return leg against Anderlecht, as is captain Wayne Rooney after checking into the team hotel on the eve of the fixture.
"So do I think Anthony is a player with great potential?" He had fallen behind the other options at Mourinho's disposal, the manager said, as he questioned his work ethic.
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City were noticeably more solid at the back in their 3-0 win, something you've not often been able to say about them this season. Kompany is in his ninth season on these shores and remains the only City player to lift the Premier League trophy as captain.
We're big fans of the enthusiasm that the last couple of players have for being on camera - you'll be on BT Sport tonight fellas. "That goal gives us extra motivation". One look at Mourinho's badge-beating as he left the pitch told you everything you needed to know about how he viewed the win over his former side.