Incredibly, since the start of September, Mourinho’s side have created less than Stoke City, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, three clubs experiencing difficulties at the wrong end of the table.Who are the Premier League's five most inventive teams in the same period?There are too few alternatives in United's squad and ultimately, none of them can compete with the invention of a player who is capable of racking up 32 assists in a single season.That was the Henrikh Mkhitaryan who arrived in Manchester for £26.3m during the summer of 2016. He was also axed from their weekend 4-1 win at home to Newcastle because of "tactical reasons".
Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned at the weekend after an ACL knee injury, and is set to play a deeper role behind the striker.
Romelu Lukaku has attracted much of the criticism for Manchester United's recent sub-par performances, but with Zlatan Ibrahimovic still sidelined, Jose Mourinho has little option but to defend his “untouchable” striker and persist playing him.
The Portuguese has other fires to fight in any case and the most urgent may be located directly behind Lukaku, where the decline of United's creator-in-chief needs to be quickly arrested.
A dose of tough love certainly appeared to help last season, when his full integration into life at Old Trafford was postponed until November.
Yet if he is to drop out of the side, who should replace him?