Mourinho certainly had other targets in mind; Rebic was hardly a top target - or even that well known - ahead of the World Cup. "I'm thankful that Mr Mourinho gave me these opportunities to show what I can do by letting me play so much in these games".
"I agree totally with the window closing at the same time as the Premier League starts".
"I hope that the boys on deserved holidays take care of themselves a bit and that somebody wants to do what Rashford and Phil Jones made a decision to do, which is to be back a bit earlier to try to help the team because for the beginning of the season we are going to be in trouble", Mourinho told reporters on Sunday.
The wheels have threatened to come off during the club's pre-season tour of the United States, with the Portuguese becoming increasingly outspoken and irritated by a variety of matters.
Tottenham's squad appears to be the one affected most by the tournament, with their players racking up 4,813 World Cup minutes in Russian Federation according to FIFA.
United's failure to bolster their resources and the absence of several key first team players following the World Cup has forced Mourinho to field several untested youngsters during the U.S. tour.
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The Red Devils kick-off the Premier League season a week on Friday when they host Leicester City at Old Trafford.
"I am confident I get one, but I think two I am not going to get which is not a drama".
Spurs, with Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli among others who played well into July, look to be most at risk from post-World Cup exhaustion, especially considering their small squad and lack of signings so far this summer.
Pogba has been linked with a return to Juventus having struggled for consistency at United, while he was benched for both legs of United's Champions League last-16 exit to Sevilla and substituted in Premier League losses to Tottenham and Newcastle United. Mourinho said of Sanchez. It's a strong shell.
"I don't think the injury of Antonio is a big injury. It's the ideal habitat for a young player to grow up and flourish".