Arsenal are a further five points off the pace, eight behind United, and Mourinho was at pains to point that out after being told City would be 18 points clear at the top if they beat Liverpool. Amidst all these raucous over the managerial appointments, they will visit Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old arrived at United in the summer of 2016 as a marquee signing, the playmaker to get the best from their frontline.
Speaking ahead of Monday evening's Premier League fixture against Stoke City, Mourinho said: "Zlatan is injured and is not totally happy with his condition. We built a squad with this idea, this philosophy that I share with [executive vice-chairman] Mr Woodward and the owners, that normally investment is made in the summer", he explained to reporters.
It is believed former Watford manager Sanchez Flores is going to be announced as the new man in charge as early as the weekend, but it is yet to be known whether he will assume the reigns for the trip to Old Trafford.
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Midfielder Fellaini, who is waiting on United to offer him an improved contract, also posted a celebratory photo to the social media site as the squad took time out from another intense set of drills in the heat of the United Arab Emirates.
Stoke are winless in their last three Premier League clashes, and sit in the relegation zone, but many fans believe the sacking of Hughes is the overhaul necessary to reinvigorate their season.
Manchester United will put a bid in for Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic if their Premier League rivals also express an interest, according to the Independent.
He says he will listen to offers for any of them - and if the price is right they can go.
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The Manchester United striker suffered a nasty injury last season and spent a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Jose Mourinho has hinted at a possible swoop for Alexis Sanchez, saying that Manchester United had no plans on signing players this winter but that sometimes chances pop up that can't be ignored. It depends on the moment, on the players, it depends on our needs. It doesn't matter who.
Three successive draws with Leicester City, Burnley and Southampton over the festive break saw United concede more ground on runaway leaders Manchester City, but Jose Mourinho's side returned to winning ways with a 2-0 success away to Everton on January 1.
"It doesn't matter the prestige, or the status". Nobody would do a better job of that than Jurgen Klopp.
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Los Falcons salieron al frente 3-0 en el mismo primer cuarto por gol de campo del mariscal Ryan de 33 yardas. Las acción ofensiva de los Patriota llegó rápido luego 73 yardas en siete jugadas para lograr el empate.
Instead, Mhkitaryan will only be able to rue that he ended up at the wrong club in the English North-west.
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También tendrá un componente de inteligencia integrado en la Operación Perseo, que "operará en esta fuerza para localizar y neutralizar a los objetivos de alto valor".