Mourinho stated this on Monday while speaking in his press conference ahead of United's Premier League clash away to Spurs on Wednesday.
Mourinho has never been the same since - even though he tried, unsuccessfully, to rebrand himself as "The Happy One" following his return to Stamford Bridge in 2013.
"Of course it's very important to have respect from your manager".
"Last season we gave up on that fight when we felt that it was going to be very hard to do that, plus the injuries, plus the Europa League". They had to come from a goal down in both games, and now have a Cup replay to clog up an already crowded fixture list.
Jose Mourinho is again without Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Daley Blind and could revert to a three-man defence here.
"He told me nothing about it". "The first time I heard or read something about that was from you, the media". "[Sanchez playing] doesn't make a difference to me as a player".
"Zlatan is in the past year of his contract". In this instance, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford would be forced to watch on from the bench with new signing Alexis Sanchez set to make his Premier League debut for United alongside Romelu Lukaku up front. The Swedish striker was a success and scored 28 goals last season - his finishes were often the best thing about watching United in the first half of 2016-17 while Paul Pogba took time to settle - but top teams can't plan around a 36-year-old.
Mourinho said: "He doesn't care". I'm not saying injured because he's not injured. "I've played on a lot worse and I think everyone has".
Going by Jose Mourinho's strong head-to-head record against his Argentine counterpart, I can not see him losing this one.
"There is a desire from myself, the board and the player to stay together, that's our objective".
"Thankfully we got the equaliser but we couldn't go on to win it".
And reports claim the club have tried to tempt Fellaini to stay by offering him a new two-year deal on £130,000 a week - over £30,000 a week more than what the player now earns at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile the England global has been linked with a move to United for months due to Jose Mourinho's lack of faith in Luke Shaw.
"You put us in a level of clubs that are capable, like Manchester City, to pay the buy-out clause in Bilbao and bring the player that they want".
Mourinho said: "If Marouane leaves, yes we have two gaps there, so let's see what happens".