The first half an hour was even as the two sides tested each other out - United probed but the home side looked unsafe on the break, confidence coursing through the players on the back of four straight wins.
Shaw, who sustained a head knock while on England duty last weekend, sat out the 2-1 win at Watford despite being cleared to feature by United's medical staff.
With so much talk going around, the question was bound to come to Mourinho and the Portuguese said that he wanted to set the record straight even if "obsessed" people, who had "a problem with some compulsive lies", would criticise him anyway.
"The only situation we have to analyse is if you are going to play him when during the week he was not training with the team".
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"If you don't mind to lose a couple of minutes with me, I'm going to do something, not for you but for the United fans, because I think I hold myself to the United fans and for them I am going to spend two minutes with you".
Also, with Jesse Lingard getting used to this system (or a similar 3-4-2-1) playing for England, he could also play as part of a midfield three at Manchester United.
"If I watch Mr Raiola on the screen saying the player wants to leave, and that he is organising a way for him to try to leave or so on, then I will believe", Mourinho said.
"My future is now in Manchester, I still have a contract, I'm playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months". He is suspended, so probably we should remind them that he's suspended and can not play.
"I was surprised but it was the decision of the coach of course".
"Marcus Rashford is not Dominic Solanke, he's not Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he's not Dominic Calvert-Lewin", he concluded, taking aim at some of United's rivals. He makes me laugh, he makes the players laugh, he's a real family guy.