But that moment of togetherness has seemingly helped to turn around their early-season form, with smiles very much back on the faces of all of those of a United persuasion following their 2-1 win at Watford on Saturday.
After the matches Gareth Southgate spoke about players needing to be playing first team football to make it into the Three Lions' squads for October's Nations League games away to Croatia and Spain.
This camaraderie and togetherness has pulled United out of the hole in which they found themselves and they now find themselves level on points with the Spurs side that pulled them apart in the second half at Old Trafford just 19 days ago.
"He's not Dominic Calvert-Lewin", Mourinho said.
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho gave a two-and-a-half-minute response when asked about Marcus Rashford's form for England after scoring two goals in two games in the worldwide break. "We have that distance of four and six points to the other top teams. if we don't win this match obviously that distance goes a little more".
"If you don't mind to lose a couple of minutes, I'm going to do something not for you but the United fans and I think I hold myself to the United fans and for them I am going to spend two minutes with you".
Mourinho came to Friday's press conference ahead of Saturday's game against Watford equipped with statistics that proved that while Rashford may not start every game for United, he has made over 100 appearances in the last two seasons.
Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho admitted that Luke Shaw had passed all the medical tests after sustaining a head injury while representing England but the full-back hadn't worked with United all week so was left out of the matchday 18.
De Gea made the first telling stop of the evening, tipping a Troy Deeney shot over the crossbar after Smalling was caught out by a long ball.
Looking back at the tough encounter at Vicarage Road, here are the player ratings from the game.
Pogba has refused to shut down talk of a move away from Old Trafford, saying during the worldwide break "who knows what will happen in the next few months".