However, according to ESPN, Mata privately voiced his concerns when it became clear that Mourinho would be arriving at Man United, and it needed a conversation with the 55-year-old to put his worries to rest.
Last season, Manchester United won the English League Cup, as well as Europe's second-tier Europa League competition, securing a slot in the cash-rich Champions League for the current season.
Two weeks later, Benitez tried the same tactic at Chelsea, starting with his team high, took an early lead, again through Gayle, but lacked the defensive nouse to see the game through and protect the lead. Jose Mourinho might be bashed left, right and centre for not matching up with Manchester City but in stark contrast to the popular opinion, the Red Devils have improved on their showings.
Here's a look at how you can watch the game, team news and a preview of Sunday's clash.
Given what Jose Mourinho's said to the press last week regarding his transfer policy, a potential move for Fabinho is perhaps not the worst idea in the world.
"Benitez knows how to get points, so I think it is going to be hard".
"There are so many awards - performance of the week, manager of the month and this and that - they should give one (to) the guy that behaves best on the touchline and it should be the fourth official to vote". City truly are playing great football at this moment in time but to regard their team as one of the greatest ever in the Premier League can easily be argued that is still a premature boast.
Fiorentina know this, and that's why there's no real worry for now, as a number of clubs, on top of José Mourinho's and Pep Guardiola's, are after the young forward.
Mourinho also went on to add that he is pleased with the improvement in Shaw's play and stated that the 22-year-old will have a long future with United.
Manchester United head to Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday on the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town last time out. "Our idea is to win every game, home or away, and we have to learn to do that quickly". Not since 1978 has a Newcastle side failed to win in nine successive home league games.
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