They are sitting pretty in second with five points more than the team behind them.
For now, Fabinho will remain a Monaco player, and Mourinho will have to complete the remainder of the 2017/18 season with the current crop of United players.
"The natural outcome of it is that he will have his contract and he will be a United player for years". It's hard to play a midfielder with more potential than Paul. The Belgian midfielder is expected to return in six to eight weeks. But there's better news on Bailly and Zlatan, with both targeting returns later this month.
Marcus Rashford is an early doubt for Sunday's game after reportedly suffering a muscle injury against Huddersfield. While the 20-year-old attacker has fallen out of the starting eleven, he has proven to be a Mourinho favorite off the sub's bench.
The Red Devils will take on Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League later this month.
Newcastle - just one point above the relegation line in a very crowded bottom-half of the table - can not afford another lopsided loss.
He's played in 21 Premier League matches this season, still receiving minutes despite the arrival of Nemanja Matic in the summer and the impressive form of Jesse Lingard.
And the situation might be even worse for Newcastle off the field.
For Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side, after failing to make a permanent signing during the January transfer window, the Magpies now find themselves sat in 16th spot and involved at the heart of a relegation battle.
And having been in the shadows of Jamie Vardy at his parent club, Slimani is now playing for a manager who makes no secret of the fact he sees the 29-year-old as his No. 1.
Newcastle have drawn their last 3 home matches (Premier League).
"At Leicester, I had a good time there and a good season, but it was always about injuries and getting injured, but now it's about Newcastle".