"So I think you are playing not only for yourself and for the club, but for all the people that are living that dream through you".
The Manchester United forward's opportunities to play from the start have been limited since Alexis Sanchez's arrival from Arsenal in the January window and there is speculation over his future at the club.
Reports in France this week claimed Martial had made a decision to leave Manchester after being frustrated with a lack of playing time. It's just football. "We can not have 11 players [in the entire squad]". Football can not be whittled down to catchy headlines; sacrificing genuine insight in favour of shock value deprives us of being able to have a meaningful connection with the sport online.
When asked why the majority of those have been from the bench, Mourinho said: "Because I decide that way".
"If I was you I would ask why [Romelu] Lukaku plays every match, why [Nemanja] Matic plays every match", the United manager said when queried about Martial's concerns over his lack of playing time.
"In every club, at every level, you need more than 11 players but only 11 can start".
City needed to beat United last Saturday to secure a third Premier League title in seven years - and despite roaring into a 2-0 half-time lead, United managed to hit back to claim a 3-2 win and put City's celebrations on ice. It would be better for everyone to have only 11 but is impossible.
"If you want what I call dry answers, I have dry answers".
United welcome West Bromwich Albion to Old Trafford on Sunday, April 15.
"I am, I am surprised (to see West Brom in the relegation zone)", Mourinho said.
"It is a big challenge [for us] because in football they know anything is possible until mathematically it is impossible".
"We need the points and obviously to finish fourth we need four or five points, but to finish second we need much more than that".