"You have to be some player at 19 years of age to move to a new country and become the leader of a defence like Manchester United's, which is already weak". Let's forget against Valencia, let's play this game like a game we have to win'.
Just as a prime minister or president facing difficulties in the domestic sphere often tends to look for diverting glory on the foreign-policy front, Mourinho is clearly hoping that Champions League success can help gloss over his team's Premier League travails.
Mourinho also confirmed Marcos Rojo was unavailable for selection against Young Boys.
"I don't think it would have been acceptable at the start of the season, and certainly the start of last season, to say the top four is achievable, because he will have wanted to challenge for the title with the money that has been spent".
"We're talking about Luke Shaw, Martial, Lingard, Rashford - young, big potential, but at the end of the day it results in the word I can not say [cojones], but you use it a lot here. character, personality, they lack a little". I think that has a massive effect on the club. "I think we've got the manager, the players to do that". Always. I always prefer to play at home.
"If you feel pressure stay at home but when I say home I don't say stadium home, I say home home, and watch on tv". "I don't think it was really aimed as much at us as individuals". Information is that things will be much better than last time. "And if they aren't, we'll walk".
"If you feel pressure, stay at home", Mourinho said. I want to play like a knockout game.
"I'm coming from a place where I've seen how good he is, I know how good he is first hand, so it's hard to see that it's not working for him because I want him to do well". You probably thought Jose told them to start slow.
'I want the team to start strong and go strong on the opponent, not to be waiting, ' he added.
The Belgian wasn't great in the draw against Palace but a few goals against the minnows would work wonders for the striker's confidence.
However, Mourinho may face more hurdle in the race to sign the 27-year-old Koulibaly, as Man United chiefs may turn down the massive fees for a player.