"Before the smaller clubs were nearly begging the big clubs, "Get my best players".
"I think it was not the result that we want, but a performance that, apart of that interruptions we had in our attacking waves from midfield - apart of that - I think had positive sense". Please, you are powerful.
The lack of movement in United's play this season is something supporters have noticed and complained about as they've been toothless multiple times.
After making this comment, Mourinho was asked why United did not have the financial muscle required to buy the best players.
"A few years ago, who was Tottenham's best player?"
With Danny Ings injured there is a chance for 18-year-old Michael Obafemi to make a name for himself, alongside Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong.
"Can we go there now and bring Harry Kane?". Dele Alli, (Christian) Eriksen, Son (Heung-min)?
Many have been upset by the way the manager continues to criticise them in public and Mourinho is struggling to keep harmony in the group.
"The transfer market is very hard unless the clubs want to go to what I call insane numbers".
Mourinho apparently said to Pogba: "You don't play". I don't recall too many occasions where we've needed Alex [McCarthy] to help us out. We don't have many - with all the respect, hope people understand what I mean - we don't have many "mad dogs".
United visit Southampton on Saturday in seventh place in the Premier League, 14 points behind leaders Manchester City and seven off fourth-placed Chelsea.
He anticipates being without Alexis Sanchez for the hectic festive schedule, with the Chilean forward set for around six weeks on the sidelines after injuring his hamstring in training on Thursday.
Pogba was restored to the starting line-up having been axed from the midweek win over Young Boys in the Champions League, but appeared to be well off the pace as Southampton roared into an early two-goal lead.
"Another is to compare ourselves with what Manchester United was in the past because it is impossible". Mourinho's response to a direct question about how the world's richest club can not simply buy players was a vague "you had one of the answers a few weeks ago".