For the first time the EPL deadline has been moved forward to the day before the season kicks off when United hosts Leicester City today.
After the United goal though it was mostly one-way traffic for the visiting side, with David De Gea repeatedly called into action including a miraculous save on a James Maddison shot that should have drawn Leicester level. The Guardian reports that Mourinho's wishlist was vetoed by United as there were concerns that "he should not be allowed to get his way if it meant potentially wasting tens of millions of pounds on a short-term fix".
"I have my players and I like my players", Mourinho said.
It was a huge boost for a player who has been through the ringer over the last few years but had a positive pre-season.
"The Red Devils finished runners up last season, but I don't think they will emerge as realistic title contenders or neighbours City's biggest challengers for the title this season", Owen told BetVictor.
Schmeichel was called into action again 10 minutes into the second half, going low and to his left to keep out a Matteo Darmian line drive from distance as both teams looked to up the tempo of the match after the break.
"I know the words you want me to say or not to say but words don't come easy".
Mourinho's comments seem a stark contrast to those which he reverberated during his side's pre-season tour of America - where he seemingly ruled out any chance of the younger members of his squad breaking into the first team during the upcoming campaign, insisted Anthony Martial should have spent less time with his newborn child and slammed fans for paying money to watch Manchester United play overseas.
Chief football writer Daniel Taylor writes: "United's conclusion was that in most cases Mourinho had targeted defenders who were no better than those they already had".
But according to Pogba's agent, Barcelona never made an offer for the Frenchman. If he remains at Old Trafford beyond the 31 August European transfer deadline how do the club, and Mourinho, manage the World Cup-winning star? The Barcelona boss is looking for a player who can lead his midfield and believes the French International could step into the boots. The relationship between Paul Pogba and Mourinho has also caught John's eye. United said they were happy to be kept informed.