With United able to qualify for the knockout rounds tomorrow if they beat Young Boys and Juventus don't lose to Valencia, Mourinho wants his players to go all-out for victory and treat the game as a knockout match.
"I would say if we have him for the Christmas period, where we need if possible every player to be available for that hard period until the Newcastle match on 2 January, if we can have him available for that period it will be good".
"That's exactly what I want and probably you or the fans, they think "oh, Jose told them to start slow", "Jose told them to play nice and easy and wait to see what happens" or "to be losing for then to react".
Now occupying second spot in the group, Manchester United stand to qualify to the Round of 16, should they claim maximum points against Gerardo Seoane's side on Tuesday, provided Valencia fail to get a victory against group leaders Juventus.
Lindelof played on despite the injury against Palace but Mourinho questioned the heart and desire of other players after the game, just days after pointing a finger at youngsters Martial, Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw, who were accused of lacking character and maturity as part of a wider critique about the "spoilt" modern day generation of players. "I want to play this game as a knockout game".
"Let's forget [the last group game] against Valencia".
However neither United player was involved in the game, and it is now reported that 29-year-old Witsel was the subject if interest instead. "We all want to be the best team we can be and we all want to win trophies".
"No chance. He will be out for quite a while", Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference on Monday.
"We are going to stay in a hotel just a few metres away and the information I have from the club and the club contacts with the police is that things are going to be much better than the last time".
"That's not real pressure because the reality is we still have one match to play". Bailly are the three [defenders] we have. What amazes me is how many people, after one good result, start saying he has learnt now, it's changed.
Matteo Darmian, who started against Palace, was also missing, along with Marcos Rojo. I would say immediately to play at home.