While Mourinho makes a good point, the results do suggest otherwise.
Young Boys are the visitors on Tuesday evening as the Red Devils look to reach the Champions League last 16 with a game to spare - a feat they will achieve should they win and Valencia fail to beat Juventus.
"Obviously thats what we need to do".
"Everyone in the dressing room is a fighter".
Ferdinand won six Premier League titles and the Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson.
United maintained possession throughout the majority of the first half, but struggled to capitalize on their few opportunities.
"I keep saying it, but we need to fight for the team, for the manager and for the fans and the club". I want to play this game as a knockout game, that we have to win tomorrow. I totally refuse to say that.
"Do I prefer to play Young Boys here or go to Bern?"
Speaking after the victory, United legend Scholes told BT Sport: 'I thought they were very bad, if they play against a half decent team they get beaten tonight.
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"If you feel pressure stay at home and when I say "home" I don't say stadium home, I say stay home and watch on TV", he said.
Mourinho has, however, felt stress en route to Old Trafford in recent weeks, with the Manchester traffic on more than one occasion causing his team to arrive late for games.
"So, yeah, of course, we're more focused on Tuesday". "Things are going to be much better", he said.
He trusts the reassurance of being within striking distance of main reception will bring the best out in Paul Pogba and his fellow midfielders.
"I would say if we have him for the Christmas period - where we need, if possible, every player to be available for that hard period until the Newcastle match on January 2 - if we can have Victor available for that period, it will be good".
"That's exactly what I want and probably you or the fans, they think "oh, Jose told them to start slow", "Jose told them to play nice and easy and wait to see what happens" or "to be losing for then to react".
"I want the team to start strong to have a go immediately and it's a bit frustrating".
Subsequent Premier League results have been less impressive - a 3-1 defeat in the Manchester derby followed after the worldwide break by Saturday's uninspiring 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace.
Mourinho said defender Victor Lindelof would likely be out of action for "quite a while" with an injury.