United failed to sign any of Mourinho's centre-back targets, and there were some withering comments in the aftermath of the 2-1 win. "I think football is changing and probably football managers should be called head coaches".
Martial remained on the bench, having been criticised by his manager for not returning to United's pre-season tour after the birth of his son, but the Portuguese coach says he would have been a ideal impact sub against Leicester.
On Thursday, Mourinho seemed to dismiss the chance of United signing anyone in the last knockings and yet reports emerged of enquiries for Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin, amid similar interest in Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld.
'I find myself in the beginning of the Premier League with the market closed in the situation I thought I was not going to be in, ' said Mourinho.
"I enjoyed last season, the fight to finish where we finished and to manage the best position this club has had in five years".
Mourinho claimed he needed "six changes, not three" in Friday night's Premier League opener at Old Trafford due to several of his first-team regulars missing much of their pre-season following the World Cup.
"In the Premier League, we must get used to playing teams with the same quality we have", Mourinho told Sky Sports.
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After an incredible World Cup in Russian Federation this summer, which saw France win a second Jules Rimmet crown, as well as England reaching the semi-final, domestic football has returned.
United would have allegedly deemed an offer of £100m as good value for money, with the France worldwide only being 25 years of age and having the potential to play a leading role in the centre of the defence for a decade.
Substitute Jamie Vardy pulled one back with a stoppage-time header after Ricardo Pereira's cross came back off the post, but it was too little, too late for Leicester. "Forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirts".
Pogba's penalty two minutes was, what I guess you can say, weird?
"Paul was fantastic, his contribution was unbelievable but the fuel was disappearing". I want to play [Anthony] Martial for [Juan] Mata or Alexis but I couldn't.
"Even if I forget the goal, it was a complete performance", said Mourinho of the left-back's display.