United head in to the weekend action sitting second in the table - five points above Liverpool - so Mourinho will be keen to at least maintain that advantage with another win over Newcastle on Sunday.
Paul Pogba could make a return to the starting line-up after being on the substitutes bench against Huddersfield. On Monday, former United captain Wayne Rooney described Pogba as a "classic box-to-box player" who can "do a bit of everything really well if he has that freedom where he doesn't have to think too much about his defensive role".
Pogba is at his most unsafe when running beyond the opposition's midfield and linking up with the forwards, Higginbotham says, which is why it is imperative for Mourinho to deploy him in a three-man midfield.
"I was laughing over the past week because I heard and watched, read a few things, and I'm not English but I think I understand English enough when you want to say box-to-box". For me box to box means (gestures) box to box. I never had one single problem with him regarding his professionalism because he really is a very good trainer, one of the guys who likes to train, enjoys to train.
"Could he come in my direction and the way I see and think football, the way I like my players on the pitch and in training?"
Daley Blind and Eric Bailly are still out for United while Mourinho puts Shaw's rise down to staving off niggling injuries.
"Zlatan started training again this week with the team but he is not yet [ready to return]". However, he is expected to be available for selection in a week's time.
"The squad is good, everything is fine", Mourinho added.
Mourinho indicated full-back Luke Shaw is set to sign a new long-term contract after the 22-year-old worked his way back into the first-team plans.