Mourinho has been wrestling with the problem of how to get the best out of midfielder Paul Pogba, who has not been in the starting line-up for the past two Premier League matches.
Liverpool v Manchester United is still one of the most captivating prospects in world football, but Kevin Hatchard doesn't believe the excitement levels will be maintained once the whistle blows. Make the best of it.
Embroiled in a battle for sixth, Jose Mourinho will not win his fourth Premier League title this season.
"And it's not that the two sides have been coming into a derby like this with contrasting form, that's happened a lot".
Asked how far away United are from being a team in their manager's image, Mourinho said: "Far".
"I just want to see the team improving, and for us to improve ourselves as individuals, so we can become more consistent".
"They're nearly dreading games", said Keown.
Should they get through Sunday unscathed, they'll have to try and navigate a busy Christmas period that could define their season once and for all.
"I was never interested in the points of Manchester United and I am not today", he said on Friday.
"I expect them to receive a strong challenge [from Liverpool] but they should still be in a position to weather that".
"I think Mourinho is different now to some years ago", Riise said, speaking to promote his new autobiography, 'Running Man'. They also know that we have our weaknesses, our strengths, and I think they will respect our strengths.
A positive result against the Red Devils would extend that run to a record-breaking 18 matches, which includes every top-flight fixture this season plus the final one of last term.
Matip will also miss the Man Utd game after being ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken collarbone that he sustained during the dying seconds of Liverpool's win over Napoli in midweek. The former Borussia Dortmund boss agrees with Sir Alex Ferguson that Liverpool v Manchester United is the English El Clasico. "I have a few friends who are United fans and they are really upset at the moment because not just with the team performances, but how they play football".
"But for sure, I hope - it is better not to say for sure - I hope some will be available but for sure some will not be available".