"I probably have the player I didn't think it was possible to have, but we got the player I really wanted".
Jose Mourinho headed off questions about Harry Kane's absence from Saturday's PremierLeague showdown between ManchesterUnited and Tottenham.
Pochettino claims that he saw Mourinho laughing and speaking in Portuguese with Dier after United's 1-0 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford last December.
The big Belgian, a £27.5 million signing from Everton on the summer transfer deadline day in 2013, has grown to become a very important player at United and one that Mourinho wishes to keep.
"I was surprised but I was happy about his words because it is not easy for the players to recognise and admit [why they lost]", said Mourinho.
"Alli played but he didn't play against Real Madrid and I don't think it's a problem for them and they are a young, strong team, also physically, so I think they will be what they are, a very good team".
"After Ander's words and the feelings of all the players, I don't need speak about the words".
Asked if Shaw has a future at United, Mourinho said: "Why not?"
"So, for me, the ideal words that show Luke Shaw's character in relation to the people he was happy with".
"He has a future here but the situation is not easy because he comes from injury after injury after injury he needs two, three, four, five or six matches in a row to play, to make mistakes, to get condition, to get match fitness and I can not give him that. But he is in the squad, he works and maybe the opportunity comes".
But he confirmed that Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are set to return to the centre of his back four tomorrow.
Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent.