"It is hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or didn't sell players but sometimes in football, you need to behave different".
The Red Devils entered the market with designs on players like Gareth Bale and swiftly secured the signing of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, but the club soon stagnated afterwards.
Several transfer targets were identified but failed to materialise and it seems the United boss doesn't fancy his chances of closing the considerable gap on Champions City with the pool of players left at Old Trafford.
While many United fans may think the possibility of that is limited to the English transfer window's deadline, they are incorrect.
It means they go into their first Premier League game of the season against Leicester City at Old Trafford tonight without signing the centre-back Mourinho (right) asked for during pre-season.
It has been a unusual summer for United and their manager, Jose Mourinho, who appears to have fallen out with club officials and players alike.
Mourinho wanted United to accept the offer and offload Pogba from the club this summer and informed his confidants.
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"But it's the same conversation as with (Ashley) Young, (Marouane) Fellaini, (Jesse) Lingard, it's the same. I have to focus on the players I have and the next few matches". Clubs from other leagues are also free to bid for Premier League players.
'If they feel they can help us [against Leicester] - 20 minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour. He worked amazingly well on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and he's one of the players I have to speak with to see how physically and mentally he feels.
"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of people is that it's true".
But an inconsistent defense may get a test from England worldwide striker Jamie Vardy, though the Foxes did lose their best player - Riyad Mahrez - in the summer as he was sold to Manchester City.