An historic first meeting between the two former Yugoslav republics saw Serbia win 2-0 thanks to a brace from Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic, but it was not the Cottagers striker that Mourinho was there to watch, but it was Mitrovic's Serbian teammate Nikola Milenkovic.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have each won five times in a decade-long stranglehold on the honour with Zinedine Zidane the last French victor after their last World Cup triumph in 1998.
Rightly or wrongly, Paul Pogba has dominated the discussion at Manchester United this season.
"I couldn't have done it without them".
That might seem a long way off given he only moved to Fiorentina previous year and has played just 24 times in Serie A, but his recent rise suggests nothing should be discounted.
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"That allows me to relay messages and have the chance to be heard".
However, since the end of the global football fiesta, the 25-year-old Pogba has been at war with club boss Mourinho.
"I've never played in the France team to be captain, being here is already a big thing for me".
"You look at Frank (Lampard at Derby) and I know Stevie (Gerrard) has done a year with the younger lads at Liverpool, but he's gone straight in at Rangers and it looks like it comes natural to them". "You don't have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband".
"It's all I hope for whatever happens, because there are a lot of them who deserve it", he said.
Manchester United have been dominating all the headlines since before the ongoing campaign even began, be it due to failed transfers in the summer window, poor results on the pitch, or controversial arguments and disagreements off it.