United's title hopes have already all but gone and they lie eight points off the top four after 15 matches, having failed to win any of their last four domestic games - even if there were signs of the "mad dogs" Mourinho has been calling for in the midweek draw with Arsenal.
Mourinho says he is reluctant to play the midfielder until he gets used to the Premier League and becomes better at positional discipline because the United defence needs protection.
Despite an improved performance against Arsenal, Mourinho is coming under increasing pressure as the gap widens between the top four and a place in next season's Champions League. Claudio Ranieri's side are rock bottom of the Premier League table despite picking up a point against Leicester on Wednesday but the Portuguese.
"For sure we are not going to play with players in the maximum of their potential", Mourinho said.
"We pressed the ball more, put difficulties to the opponent". We wanted to win but we can feel this point is good.
"There are special players with special characteristics".
"We're in it as a team". For me it is very good.
Emery said: "The 18 can be for Saturday and also we are doing one plan with him, maybe he can play against Qarabag". One of the things have noticed in England is that there are no weak games in the Premier League.
Life will be made even harder at Old Trafford by the issues that Mourinho is having to juggle, with Sanchez and Victor Lindelof out injured.
"Training session, 11 o'clock will give us some answers, Smalling, Jones, Martial, Bailly".
"But if we don't, we give credit to the people that deserve credit".
'But in this case I think it is just a confirmation with the numbers was the match where my team the globality of the 10 players run more and run more with higher intensity too.