Manchester United started the window showing real intent: the purchase of Brazil midfielder Fred set pulses racing, but the subsequent buys of Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant meant that their business, upon the close of the window, was largely poor. Sir Alex Ferguson hates him because he was the reason behind Pogba's departure to Juventus in 2012.
But despite that positive start United allowed Leicester to dictate much of the first half, often giving up space in the middle of the pitch and inviting the visitors to attack them.
"I focus on just what we have, and we go with everything we have to the first match". United fans will hope Mourinho doesn't coach that out of him! You have to try your best to get points and even with the difficulties that we had with our pre-season, now I don't think is the time to be speaking about that.
They weren't always convincing, but United got the win they so desperately needed after a hard summer.
"He didn't have a pre-season, three days of pre-season", Mourinho said.
The Red Devils were desperately trying to sign a centre-back before the window closed.
United supporters have watched on in despair as fierce rivals Liverpool have splashed the cash on a number of high-quality acquisitions, defending champions Man City now have Riyad Mahrez in their ranks, while Chelsea have been busy since replacing Antonio Conte with Maurizio Sarri.
"They finished second which was great, but not winning anything at Man United is a major disappointment". But Mourinho now says he is focusing on the players already at his disposal.
"They'll be very, very risky as far as Manchester City are concerned", he said.
The Red Devils took care of Leicester City at home 2-1, despite not looking all that sharp.
"When I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - it is hard to believe that we finished second", Jose said, "because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners". I don't know their identity right now, I don't know how they can dig deep and turn a losing position to victory and they style that they'll come out with.
"So he's to start again".