"They had more shots on target - 8-6 I think it was - and they are an accomplished side as I've ever seen in their first year up from the Championship".
"I could go in this direction, but we had [Jesse] Lingard and Alexis [Sanchez], they didn't play, [Marouane] Fellaini played 20-25 minutes, Fred played 60 minutes, [Antonio] Valencia also didn't play".
"I think the happiness, the confidence, the self-esteem was what pushed him to play the first match nearly without training against Leicester and played a very good match". They play every ball with every second with the maximum intensity and desire and we didn't. Two Premier League goals and four assists in 17 appearances is appalling for a player of his quality and previous performances throughout his career.
United looked to have weathered a strong opening by Nuno Espirito Santo's team, most notably when keeper David De Gea made a spectacular save to keep out Willy Boly's goal-bound header from a Joao Moutinho corner. "I think we are going to be a better team".
"Everyone is disappointed. We know we can do better".
United certainly have momentum ahead of Saturday's visit of Wolves after beating Young Boys 3-0 in Wednesday's Champions League opener.
"For me it is hard to explain that", said Mourinho. I can only see a home win.
"We didn't have a team that was in big trouble with an accumulation of matches".
Against Wolves, however, you got that gloomy sense of deja vu: United, once again, lacking any kind of attacking direction, just huffing and puffing and hoping a chance comes, without the slightest suggestion that their manager has worked on a way to break teams down in these situations. "They started better were more aggressive, had more intent and I don't know why but they were more motivated." he said after their 1-1 draw.