Newcastle's game against Crystal Palace summed up Benitez' side perfectly, they had moments of brilliance and looked comfortable in the first half after calming an early spell of pressure, then they collapsed, the second half was an all-to-familiar auto crash for the Magpies.
Mourinho was reluctant to comment on the 24-year-old's individual performance, stating: "I don't analyse players individually".
"But I just think - midfield players". "I don't know, I always liked English football".
"I like to go there, I like the feeling of being at Mr [Bobby] Robson's home, I like the stadium, it is really nice and I like the atmosphere, they are good and enthusiastic".
'I like the stadium.
'Salah has surprised me, I didn't think he'd get anywhere near the goals he's got. I like the Geordies.
"I think it was a lovely way to win a football match the way they did".
'I hope tomorrow the result is different, but I know that the characteristics of the game are not going to be different. "I think it's hard, honestly, I always felt we had lovely but hard matches".
"They can't look at a player and say this guy is very talented so I have to protect him".
Mourinho spoke well of Benitez ahead of the game as tensions between the pair seemingly continue to thaw.
At the beginning of the match, Newcastle were below the relegation line and needed all three points to stay clear, for now. Normally good players, normally good managers.
In September, Mourinho was sent to the stands during the Red Devils match against Southampton when he was trying to encroach on the pitch in the final few seconds fo the game in order to get his players back in position.
"And if you're asking me what I prefer, three points against Manchester United or against another team, I would say another team because maybe we talk about a six-pointer".
'We made a defensive mistake and when they are in front they had only one thing in mind and gave their lives to keep a clean sheet'.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Daley Blind, however, have resumed training with the first team and could play their usual integral roles in the matter of a few weeks if not by tomorrow.