"He is a world-class player", Mourinho said. Last time I looked football was a team game.
"Of course I'm happy with the way we started - the intention that we started with was exactly that intention".
"It means that they give everything, and they did that, with moments of very good football, moments of quality, moments of hypothetical attractive goals and then also with moments of pressure, moments of lack of confidence, that frustrate us".
"I would say if we have him for the Christmas period - where we need, if possible, every player to be available for that hard period until the Newcastle match on January 2 - if we can have Victor available for that period, it will be good".
United must trigger a 12-month option on De Gea's current contract, which expires at the end of this season, before Jan. 1 to prevent him from being able to talk to foreign suitors in January.
Progress would be a welcome shot in the arm after Saturday's tepid goalless draw with struggling Crystal Palace, which left them 14 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and with a mere three wins from nine home matches in all competitions.
In truth, Mourinho's underperforming side lacked creativity, cohesion and confidence against a Young Boys side displaying all those characteristics, only for Fellaini to secure a lucky 1-0 win and progress to the knockout phase in stoppage time. "And the year where I didn't play Champions League I won the Europa League twice. Just a little curiosity for my lovers and the lovers of the stats".
It's not the first time Mourinho has taken his frustration out on a water bottle. Rashford certainly did not have his best game but there was no need from this reaction from his manager, a reaction that certainly will not have helped the young forward.
"Now, I must say as a centre-forward, if I saw my manager react like that I would be absolutely livid".
"But I think maybe it's better to have lots of holidays in Barbados and go to the television screens and touch the electronic dummies".