"But he wanted to play, we had to stop him to play because he was saying, 'I feel awesome, I should go and play.' But to follow the protocol and to protect the player, we decided he wouldn't play".
It is said that, while United's hierarchy have always been well aware of Mourinho's propensity to speak candidly in press conferences, they are unhappy at what they see as a deliberate attempt to try to get them to spend. United were missing injured strikers Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic after a limp finish to 2017 with successive draws against Leicester City, Burnley and Southampton, meaning it was up to France winger Martial to lead their attack. I made a shot in the first half, also Paul [Pogba] and Jesse, if I'm not wrong.
The change that was forced on Mourinho inarguably worked hugely to United's advantage.
"I think the only thing Paul Scholes does is criticise. I know he's a Manchester guy - he came through the Academy, he knows the club and what it's like to be a United player".
And Mourinho has jumped to the defence of his star midfielder while suggesting Scholes is jealous of Pogba for the amount of money he earns.
"I hope that if one day he became a coach, he could achieve 25 percent of the success that I have had".
"We have a throw-in, in our half, and we throw it straight to Manchester United and they go and score". Fifty per cent is 12-and-a-half silverware, 25 per cent is around six (trophies).
He's one of the few in United's squad who have impressed, and at such a young age he is definitely an asset to the club.
"The performance was really good, so maybe I'm lucky this time and the kings of the rock and roll that said I was underperforming last match maybe will say this time I performed".
"He gave so much to my club that I only can thank him for that because the prestige of this club is based on people like him, so successful here". The deal never materialised and Martial has started this season showing the form that made him so popular in his debut campaign at the club.
The United boss recently said that the near £300million he has spent since being appointed as Louis van Gaal's successor in the summer of 2016 is "not enough" to compete with Manchester City.