That much was evident following United's dramatic 2-1 comeback win away to Juventus, when Mourinho goaded Juve fans who had abused him during the game by cupping his hand to his ear. The Premier League champions are two points clear at the top of the standings, and nine points ahead of seventh-place United.
Ronaldo faced United for the fourth time in the Champions League since departing Old Trafford and was on hand to open the scoring for Juventus in the 65th minute.
"I think tonight a lot of people would have wrote us off", Shaw said after the match.
And Silva believes the famous 6-1 win at Old Trafford in 2011 en route to our first title in 44 years was the pivotal moment. It´s better to have this type of stumble tonight.
"When you play against a player like that you have to respect his qualities but at the same time you have to play your game and you can't show fear to that type of player". I went to Ronaldo's home debut for Juventus and it just wasn't quite happening back then - he looked like he just needed a goal to get him started.
"We found that last season and I hope it continues".
Mourinho has consistently stuck with Romelu Lukaku as his centre-forward, choosing instead to use Sanchez out wide, but with Lukaku injured, Sanchez was given his chance through the middle against Juventus and he impressed. What Cristiano Ronaldo volley?
United were then saved by the crossbar after the break with a curling Dybala effort flying over De Gea only to fail to dip enough. "That Cristiano Ronaldo goal was handsome and the player [Leonardo Bonucci] that made that attractive pass, is a central defender!"
United though had the final word as Mourinho brought on Mata and Marouane Fellaini, who helped turn the game round in just four minutes, the Spaniard bending in a free-kick from the edge of the box to give the visitors a scarcely-deserved equaliser. That changed the balance in midfield and left Juve disjointed.
With their confidence flowing, the home side nearly bagged a second, but De Gea palmed away Miralem Pjanic's low shot.
"And I think even if this game doesn't end with a victory, I would have the same feeling that the team played really, really well from the first minute - I repeat - against a super team". "I came here to do my job, nothing more", the coach told Sky Sport Italia. "I probably shouldn´t have done it, with a cool head I wouldn´t have".