But United held on to manage just their second win in seven games to alleviate some of the pressure on Mourinho.
"In terms of the philosophy and the mentality yes [it was a good display] but I would like a better Man United than we have". While there was another error from Paul Pogba, which led to Everton's consolation, there were further spells of the quick and slick play United are showing more of as the season progresses.
On 25 minutes, Evertonian pre-game fears were realised as John Moss awarded United a penalty after Martial when down theatrically under a challenge from Gana Gueye. "We had it under control even when it was 2-1", said Mourinho.
In his pre-match press conference, Mourinho was happy to speak well of Silva saying, "The only thing I want to say is that I have a very good relationship with him".
Pogba, who took the penalty in his unusually slow and controversial manner, initially missed before pouncing on the rebound to spare his own blushes. He missed against Everton and today they get two penalties [against Arsenal]and he wants to take. "I like the player that wants to take it. Paul, can he improve?" The World Cup victor did his trademark stutter-run to the ball on the spot, but Pickford had done his homework.
"He wants to take them. Maybe I [should] practice to change it because maybe the keepers start to know my step".
Meanwhile, Pogba revealed he was lucky to have scored his penalty after seeing his effort saved.
"We came here to win the match, we played well and until that moment, the penalty, they had one chance, we had one chance".
With the Toffees sitting a point ahead and on a three-game winning streak in the top flight, Mourinho feels there is not much between the two sides. And to score goals is really hard for us - you can see that in this moment.
The competition at Chelsea has risen as most of the other unused midfielder are putting up great performances to get a chance in the first squad.