"We have to try and get the best out of every player".
The Portuguese coach said over the weekend he expected a "difficult" season if no-one else came in but seemed to backtrack ahead of Friday night's Premier League opener against Leicester - and went on to suggest finishing second last season is among the highlights of a career that has been littered with domestic and European success.
United has a quiet transfer window, signing just three players.
The board wasn't convinced of the fact that any of the defenders that were linked with Manchester United were markedly better than the ones who are already on their payroll.
And now, according to The Sun, Manchester United were willing to spend as much as £100 million on Real Madrid centre-back and World Cup victor Raphael Varane. As for United, the goal is to win the Premier League, and failing to get three points here will raise some big questions after just the first matchday.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been one of the more outspoken critics of the shortened window with time running out for Spurs to make a single signing this summer. "I mean, it's early for that, but I am painting a picture".
"But he's got great experience, he's been at top clubs, he's been in hard positions before, he's in a hard position now I think, but he needs to try to find a way to get out of it".
Another line in the Guardian says "Yet the club have had to balance the manager's wishes, and the permanent battle to keep him happy, by taking into account Mourinho is notorious for wanting short-term measures, rarely stays too long at any club and does not tend to worry about what happens when he leaves". If it's not going well, though, I don't want to hear the moaning and groaning and I am sure the United fans don't want to hear it as well. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below. Let's play football and see by the end of November or December. That's the only thing good enough for them.
His performance at the 2018 World Cup for France though only confirmed of his standing as one of the top talents in the world at his position, which garnered him plenty of interest this summer during the transfer window.
"Twelve months ago they were unprepared to do that deal, it beggars belief".
"Please help raise funds to get Jose out of Manchester United", Walsh writes. Craig Burley speculates about whether Jose Mourinho is being driven out of Old Trafford.