His words certainly caused a stir online, but days later, Paul Pogba proved his doubters wrong against after a wonderful second half display against Manchester City helped Manchester United to a famous win at the Etihad.
The Daily Mail reports that Mourinho will put Pogba up for sale as soon as the season ends, but he will face some resistance form the United board. The motive? Josè Mourinho.
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal failed to come close to glory following their subsequent appointments before Manchester United turned to three-time Premier League victor Mourinho. Well it seems like it will take an offer close to 100 million euros to catch their attention.
During the West Brom match, United had 70 per cent possession, 14 shots on goal, with four of those on target, although they barely looked like scoring.
Mourinho also lashed out at his men for taking the victory over arch-rivals in the derby in the head and called the team "masters of complication" while shedding light on the shock defeat to West Brom.
But Mourinho knows that more is expected next season, by himself as much as by the club, and his public frustrations with his players are an indication towards that.
Mourinho then hit back at the players again, criticising their mentality: "During the week I was trying to fight that because I was feeling and you could see the difference in attitudes of some players compared with other weeks". Everything was complicated. We couldn't think fast, we couldn't play fast.
I think it will be huge in numbers, I don't think it will be huge in terms of quantity of players.
Far from feeling embarrassed at paying £89million for a midfielder who left for next to nothing, the United hierarchy saw Pogba's fee as a symbol of the club's spending power and ability to beat Real Madrid to the most expensive player on the planet. "And he had a yellow card so he was in a more hard position than others". So it is not rotating, because rotating [sounds] like a player that plays against Bournemouth is to give a rest to somebody that is going to play in the semi-final.
In other words, Mourinho has one eye on this match and another on the weekend's more important clash.