It should not be considered as an impossibility that Sanchez could finally find his feet, with Martial's recent rise having come amidst his own issues with Mourinho and off the back of a hard summer during which he looked more likely to leave Old Trafford than win the manager's confidence.
United sit second in Group H behind Juve (a win for Juve would seal their place in the Round of 16) and avoiding defeat at the home of the reigning Italian champions would be ideal ahead of their final two group games at Valencia and at home against Young Boys. That was another issue addressed by both men.
However, Manchester United can take some encouragement from their success in Turin in the Champions League after Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs inspired famous victories in 1998-99 and 2002-03. Then if he takes the armband from me it doesn't change anything.
Speaking to Spanish publication Sport, Deco said, "I do not discuss whether they [Real] are playing well or badly, but did people really think they would be the same without Cristiano?". I think the best experiences for teams are against teams that are really the top and we have that opportunity tomorrow. We know anything can go on but on the pitch I am always happy, I am always with a smile, fighting for my teammates, club and fans.
Ronaldo essentially had a monopoly over free-kicks during his spells at Real Madrid and Manchester United, regardless of the distance from goal, but he has been forced to share that responsibility with current teammates Miralem Pjanic and Paulo Dybala. "We don't know, a muscle problem, and we have to wait a little bit".
United's 38-goal tally is also down on their return of 51 in their previous 25 league games, suggesting they are far less of a goal threat with Sanchez in their ranks than without.
"When you reach that level or are nearly reaching that level is when you become a top player".
"I don't mean to demean or criticise any of the great or very good footballers who played for me during my 26-year career at United, but there were only four who were world class: Cantona, Giggs, Ronaldo and Scholes", he writes in his book "Leading", as per The Independent. No matter how many minutes to the end of the game, we have the feeling that anything can happen.