United kick off the Premier League tomorrow against Leicester, for whom Harry Maguire will feature alongside former United defender Jonny Evans in central defence. Having won the World Cup with France in Russian Federation, the midfielder wants his wages to rise to £350,000-a-week from his existing £150,000-a-week.
Mourinho's blatant plea came amidst a groundswell of anger at the antics of the Man United board.
According to the Argentinian manager, the whole transfer saga with Manchester United has been a load of smoke and mirrors, as the Belgian centre back is firmly staying with the Lilywhites. "Every match now is important, every point is important, so we have to get the best out of every player".
With their opening fixture just a day away, United are left with the same core squad that mustered a second place finish last season.
Earlier this week, Sanchez had urged the Red Devils to make big signings if they wanted to compete with their rivals this season.
How Mourinho reacts from now will be dictated to some extent by results, but the key objectives at the turn of the year have all been fulfilled as far as the club are concerned.
The centre-back position didn't become an issue until this summer and since then the club's hierarchy have felt that the options open to them have not warranted the investment required.
"I have my players and I like my players".
Throughout the window Mourinho made his displeasure at the lack of business obvious: "My CEO what I want for quite a long time, he knows what I want".
"I do not trust that new players will arrive and I'm not confident in that so now I will only focus on the players I have", he said. Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard return to training after extended leaves on Monday, which means that they are likely to be unfit for the match.
"When you repeat 1000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, a lie repeated 1000 times is still a lie".
United used a three-at-the-back system regularly during the pre-season tour of the United States and could use it against Claude Puel's side rather than the usual 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. I like my players and my group.