Indeed, when the Blues beat United 4-0 in the Premier League, Mourinho was unhappy with Conte for geeing up the Chelsea supporters, suggesting the Italian was seeking to humiliate him. Every other player has either dipped in form, suffered an injury, displayed only flashes of brilliance or just suddenly disappeared from the side.
Ibrahimovic has been connected with a move to the MLS to become the LA Galaxy's latest expensive worldwide addition, but Mourinho has been outspoken about making the United's top scorer stay at Old Trafford next season.
"But then when the team is broken because of the counter-attack, we can not lose so many balls".
"If I was a Manchester United defender, I would be very upset with the attacking players", Mourinho said after his team converted only one of its 16 shots on goal.
"We stopped our counter attacks because of sloppy decisions, sloppy touches on the ball".
"I'd say it was a strong performance by the team, from a defensive point of view".
With 27 goals between them, it is not hard to see how Chelsea's multi-talented wingers would fancy their chances of seeing their name in lights once again here.
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"We always believe, it's always our aim to win", he said.
"It's not the end of the world but we are better than that".
Mourinho was angry after the game, stating that "the people that have to kill the game, they didn't".
Diego Costa is one short of 50 Premier League goals for Chelsea but could fail to score in five consecutive league appearances for the first time since January 2013. However, there's no such doubt in the bookies' minds as to who will win the Premier League with Antonio Conte's men well odds-on, while United are up against the odds to secure a top-four finish.
Manchester United v Chelsea is this weekend's Fantasy Six-a-Side fixture, with the usual £5,000 up for grabs for the highest scoring entrant plus a £100,000 jackpot for predicting the top six scoring players plus the correct minute of the first goal.