And it's exactly from Portugal where Manchester United's next Champions League opponents are coming, since the Red Devils will be playing Benfica on October 18th for the third fixture of the group stage.
United have been more creative than a year ago, striking a good balance with Nemanja Matic's presence allowing Paul Pogba to roam more, and for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to find space off the ball.
English Premier League club chiefs are gathering in London today for what is being touted in some quarters as one of the most important meetings since the league's creation in 1992.
But if the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager wants to send a message of his own, like Pep and City did against Chelsea on Saturday, then United must go to Anfield and win.
"We had the first break and two days after the players came back we had to play another game", the 54-year-old stated.
While this United side might not play the most attractive football throughout the season, they will surely be tough to crack down. As reported by the Lancashire Telegraph, he said: "do I think it should be an even split?"
Five of United's Premier League opponents now reside in the bottom six.
United will return to action after the global break with a stern test of their credentials, with Mourinho's men due at Anfield on October 14 to face old adversaries Liverpool.
If the big six fail in their move for more TV rights money, they could look at alternative options, like re-visiting the idea of creating a European Super League. Even Marouane Fellaini, long maligned by United fans, has been getting in on the act. Herrera was man-of-the-match in, according to Mourinho, United's match of the season.
The question of who has the upper hand right now between the two Manchester clubs is no doubt answered by the fact that United are yet to be properly tested, and also the fact that City have been tested, and have come away unscathed.