"I probably have to reduce and have a squad of 12 or 13 players".
United rode on a sublime second-half performance by French midfielder Paul Pogba to seal a memorable 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium but Mourinho said subsequent training sessions were spent in getting his players to move on from that win. It would be fantastic, also economically for the football clubs to have only 11 players and to always play with the same 11, with no injuries and no suspensions and no fatigue or nothing.
"Marcus Rashford is a player with more appearances since I arrived at the club [than anyone else]". The answer is, if you want what I call dry answers, we have dry answers.
"I think a big challenge because they know that in football anything is possible until mathematically, everybody knows that, they know and they still smell a chance but every match that is played if they don't get points then they are closer to relegation".
The situation concerning Lukaku is particularly interesting with the Belgian global now the only specialist centre-forward on United's books, following Zlatan Ibrahimovic's move to the United States. This issue was also said to be why the Portuguese coach pursued Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic during the summer transfer window, and why he was so keen to beat Man City to the signing of Alexis Sanchez in January.
Without discussing directly if the pair could leave, Mourinho argued it was up to both players to convince him they deserved to play.