"For that we need to work hard, to try to push every season and be competitive and competitive". If you are a player for Tottenham, put this club at the level it deserves. Meanwhile, the phantom of Mourinho's customary third-season implosion haunts the corridors of the Theatre of Dreams, moaning theatrically.
"If you want to play for Tottenham, come on".
"I promise you the club is not going to change if you win or don't win the FA Cup or the League Cup", he said.
For United, it is different.
Tottenham take on United at a ground they have played at all season, but which this weekend is classed as a neutral venue.
Going out to Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League was a massive disappointment for them and, although it was better than what they have done in previous years, it was still a let-down.
Chris Smalling has told ESPN FC that ending this season second in the Premier League table and lifting a trophy would represent a successful campaign for Manchester United - but only if they use it as a platform to win bigger prizes.
A lot of people are arguing that is Liverpool, but that is hypothetical - it is United at the moment. The Argentine manager seems to have the knack for fielding teams which are more than the sum of their parts, with the likes of Son Heung-min, Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen all thriving under his guidance where other managers have struggled to get as much out of them.
The cup will keep them going of course, and obviously I am not saying they don't want to win it.
Both teams are wounded after a mixed week, and both of them have a reason to prove a point.
No matter how good Toby was tonight he won't play Saturday and I think Vorm will start aswell.
"Whatever way you look at it though, Tottenham are the home team".
Mauricio Pochettino: "Manchester United is a fantasic club who are capable of everything".
"I don't believe (it's an advantage) because Manchester United have the experience to play in Wembley too".
I hope it is a classic and there are loads of chances at either end, but I just can not see it being an open affair at all because they are both so good defensively. His otherworldly ego has already begun to clank its chains in fury at the inadequate efforts of Paul Pogba, among others.
Will Jose Mourinho add to the two trophies he won last season, or will "home" advantage help Tottenham ensure they move to their new stadium with the FA Cup proudly on display?