Supporters are now left in a quandary, whether to back a quarrelling manager with his new contract signed or to cry foul at his treatment of some members of Manchester United's first-team squad. "It is time for me to stop thinking about the market", he said.
"So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches - maybe three matches because after Spurs (and Burnley on August 27 and September 1 respectively) there is (a) national team (break) and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better".
"We didn't have much money this year, that's the truth after last summer", he explained in his pre-match press conference.
The transfer window may have officially shut yesterday, but Mansfield Town can still see some transfer activity thanks to an EFL rule. Mourinho's assessment that United were in for a "difficult season" if he did not get his way proffers an image of an unhappy club. "That is my experience at Barcelona and Bayern Munich".
They are now a little over 24 hours away from opening the new Premier League campaign, with Rooney looking for the Red Devils to put any problems behind them and lay down an early marker in the battle for top-flight supremacy in England. It is hard for me to understand we finish second.
"My view is that first of all it is hard for me to believe we finished second", said Mourinho ahead of his side's Premier League opener against Leicester. I told that during pre-season.
"But I keep saying and thinking and feeling that the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".