Mourinho, who will be without the likes of Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo on Friday, once again bemoaned the lack of preparation time for the start of the season, with many of his players having just returned to training after taking time off following the World Cup.
Just 14 per cent of that figure, £175m, was spent on transfers between two Premier League clubs - an unforeseen effect of the league's window closing before the rest of Europe, according to Deloitte's Tim Bridge. "The market closes today so there's time at least for me to stop thinking about it".
"I focus on the players I have for the first couple of matches". "The information I have is no".
For others, however, the final hours of the window proved to be frantic, including Everton's late surge, Fulham and Wolves' remarkable activity and Man United's desperate search for a centre-back. "Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody", Mourinho told MUTV after his team's 1-0 friendly loss to Bayern Munich Sunday.
The Premier League is back this weekend - and we travel to Arsenal to begin the defence of our title.
Mourinho will have to decide whether or not to pick Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini against Leicester after they returned from post-World Cup break on Monday.
"They return on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", Mourinho said.
"I told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat and maybe tomorrow the reaction is the same: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that".
"Because it is very important their feeling and to understand how they think they can help or not help".
"So it's hard for me to understand or to feel or to believe that we finished second, which I keep saying that I - and sometimes it's also hard to believe - that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues".