Can we go there and bring those players here? No.
"A few years ago, who was Tottenham's best player?"
"His desire to keep running in behind, demanding the ball and of course having the capability to play the final pass - good ball for Lukaku". 'In the second half we went back to that dynamic where we lost too many balls in midfield, when the players don't understand that simplicity is genius.
"I know that we have to do better than what we are doing, absolutely, we have to do better, but one thing is to do better and another is to compare ourselves with what Manchester United was in the past because it is impossible".
With United now looking like they won't make the Champions League spots, de Gea may need some persuading to stay in Manchester and club officials have already started looking at his potential replacement.
Mourinho used the example of Tottenham, who were seemingly a selling clubs around ten years ago when players like Michael Carrick, Dimitar Berbatov, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric left to win trophies with bigger clubs, to highlight the power struggle now present in the market.
Mourinho compares that situation to the one that exists now, where United can, theoretically, be interested in Tottenham skipper Harry Kane, but have no chance of completing a transfer for the England forward. I think everybody would say yes. Dele Alli? Eriksen? Son? No.
It sure is a mystery as to what is causing United's current problems. So who is more powerful now?
"Before the smaller clubs were nearly begging the big clubs: 'Get my best players". I need to sell'.
After making this comment, Mourinho was asked why United did not have the financial muscle required to buy the best players. "Instead you go to the second level players where you still have insane numbers, and where people say, and I agree, that's not what Manchester United is".
"Alright bad defending but you've still got to commit players and again a terrific ball across".