"Well, I nearly don't remember when Phil Jones had a good run of matches for United", Jose told reporters.
"Of course I'm still excited, I'm not happy with the results but I'm happy with performances", Mourinho said overnight, Australian time, ahead of their Europa League group game at Fenerbahce.
'For me, Carrick has to play more.
The Portuguese arrived in Manchester to much fanfare as he replaced Louis van Gaal, who endured a hard relationship with the United faithful due to his perceived negative style.
United are eighth in the Premier League and without a win in their past four games and there is growing debate over the extent to which Mourinho's behaviour is antagonising his employers in terms of damaging the club's global image.
Forward Anthony Martial plus midfielders Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have all travelled having missed the 0-0 Premier League draw against Burnley on Saturday.
"But I am sure that they will play for the first place, no doubts about that, and they will start winning games as well, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start scoring because that man knows how to score".
Jose Mourinho refused to talk about his second FA charge or Mark Clattenburg, but was more open about Bastian Scheweinsteiger's return. The former United captain thinks the Portuguese manager is still unsure of his best XI and remains unconvinced by some of his players. In the minimum, I want to stay until the end of my contract.
Schweinsteiger did not travel with the squad to Turkey for Thursday's match, nor did Antonio Valencia following surgery on a broken arm.
They opened their campaign with a 1-0 defeat to current leaders Feyenoord, but have secured back-to-back victories over Zorya Luhansk and Fenerbahce at Old Trafford to get their campaign back on track.