Mourinho, whose side have won just once in their past six Premier League games, said he was sanguine about United's recent results and took succour from the fact they would drop points when they play each other.
The significance didn't lie in what supplied the headlines - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after the final whistle supposedly telling Antonio Conte, his opposite number at Chelsea, not to humiliate him by trying to lift up the home crowd when they were 4-0 up.
Reports in Italian media claimed the United chief told Conte: "You don't celebrate like that at 4-0, you can do it at 1-0, otherwise it's humiliating for us".
"There was a touchline spat between the two coaches at the end of the game but I reiterate that there was no bad intention from Conte".
Of course you have to give any new manager time but I don't see any evidence that the style of play will become any better under Mourinho than it was under van Gaal. I'm a passionate man, I show this in the past.[and] now.
Now a story has appeared in The Times suggesting senior United stars are not impressed by Mourinho's stand-off approach to his players, in an article that appears to have been put together with the help of a source close to the first team squad.
"I hope we don't see that again in England".
"At Stamford Bridge [the technical area] is maybe two metres or one metre large and for me it is very hard to try and ask my club to change the technical area for me and for the other coach", he explained.
"We had a very hard period of matches". Nowadays, many other coaches are improving in this capacity, to motivate the players psychologically.
Chelsea will also make changes for their first ever visit to West Ham's London Stadium, with John Terry a likely starter after six weeks out with an ankle injury. "I don't think the reason Conte did it was to humiliate United", Bilic said.
And Mourinho acknowledges that there is nowhere to hide for his players with the big games continuing to come thick and fast. If we win, we lose, we are always together. "The team had an attitude, they were hard to break down, had character and most importantly, defined the phrase 'never say die". Mourinho must decide if Pogba starts a fourth game in 10 days.
"The two central defenders, on the right and left, must be very fast, also to be aggressive", Conte said.