"I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to this first couple of matches". I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in.
But he was quick to point out his United side were closest to runaway leaders Manchester City last season, even if they finished 19 points adrift.
"When a club pays money it's because it's his value in the market", he said.
Sticking with the narrative that his squad depth was not enough given the number of players who needed a post-World Cup vacation, Mourinho applauded his short-handed Red Devils.
"It's not just that we have to be more consistent, we have to create circumstances where we can be more consistent", the German added.
United need a good result to lift up the mood in camp but Jose knows that Leicester won't be pushovers.
Last season's January window saw Premier League clubs spend £430m - nearly double the previous January record of £225m in 2011 when strikers Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll joined Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.
Jerome Boateng was another option but Bayern Munich have not been keen to sanction a loan move.
Whatever the explanation, the lack of new faces compounds issues surrounding the United squad heading into the Premier League season.
Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic are all sidelined through injury while those who have just returned to training following the World Cup will undergo late fitness tests.
"They returned on Monday", he said.
Liverpool FC are still looking to win their first trophy since Klopp's appointment at Anfield back in October 2015. "We controlled the game", Neves told BT Sport. "We thought he would manage maximum 60 minutes and he went much longer", said Mourinho.
Tottenham, with three consecutive season of finishing third or better, actually didn't sign a single player this summer. Little more than four months after Manchester City won the 2017-2018 Premier League title, the league returns in full this weekend with 10 matches spread out from Friday afternoon until Sunday, with the piece de resistance taking place Sunday morning, when the reigning champions visit Arsenal.
Last season he made 30 appearances for Freiburg and scored one goal.