Anderlecht warmed up for their Europa League quarter-final second leg with Manchester United with a light workout in a city centre park.
Few could have foreseen such an arduous evening after Mkhitaryan's fifth goal in six Europa League matches, but impressive Anderlecht went into half-time level after Hanni reacted quickest to Youri Tielemans' deflected effort rebounding off the crossbar.
Mourinho, who earlier this season made an apparent criticism of Smalling's pain threshold, said: "We have Daley Blind, who has experience in the position, and I think it is time for Jones and Smalling to be courageous - to risk".
But United will not need a strong league finish if they win the competiton and, on this gritty showing, it's in their grasp.
Mourinho was asked whether Martial's absence on Sunday was a sign the manager was still dissatisfied and, choosing his words carefully, he made it clear he expected the player to be working harder. "If we can play like we did against Chelsea, then I am sure we can get through against Anderlecht and into the semi-finals".
Juan Mata is likely to miss the rest of the season with a groin injury, while Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are also unable to feature, with knee and toe injuries respectively.
"He's experienced and has know-how of this knock-out phase - I think he's a player that can be useful tomorrow (tonight)".
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Player ratingsManchester United: Sergio Romero 6, Antonio Valencia 6, Eric Bailly 6, Marcos Rojo 5, Luke Shaw 6, Michael Carrick 6, Paul Pogba 6, Marcus Rashford 8, Jesse Lingard 6, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 5. So in the last round, MJ in his field won a confident victory over Chelsea, with a score of 2: 0.
"He can not play every game and you want to take him [to the European Under-21 Championships in the summer] but I always trust the players with a special mentality", Mourinho said.
"These are the kind of things that make me trust players", he said.
United take a slender advantage into the second leg after grabbing a crucial away goal in Brussels.
"We have seven matches to play in the Premier League, plus one, three or four in the Europa League, so we can go to 10 or 11 matches", Mourinho said.
"I know we are together for nearly 10 months", Mourinho told a news conference when asked if he was happy with Martial's performances.
"Mentally we played against the leaders and it is important to have a bit of rotation".