The Red Devils faced a difficult 3,750-mile round trip for the game in south Russia - and they were cheered on by 238 travelling supporters, who each had their visas paid for by the club and were given blankets on entering the ground.
The Portuguese manager spoke before the game about deploying a more "direct" approach because of the dreadful pitch, but he may also have had Monday's FA Cup quarter-final against his old club Chelsea in mind.
In fact, they managed to beat the German champions at home - though that was their only victory from six games.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, speaking to BT Sport: "It was a very good performance in relation to the conditions.
It was impossible to play better, impossible to play a passing game.