"People have been saying not qualifying for the Champions League isn't good because you want to be competing at the highest level but I think it can help them if I'm totally honest".
And his next comment has already led to backlash from Manchester United fans on social media after Mourinho said finishing behind City wasn't such a bad thing....
"It is not unreasonable to question if it was really the case that, alone among Europe's top clubs, Spurs could find no player who would improve their squad while our rivals strengthened theirs".
After the game, Mourinho, missing several midfield options due to injury, praised Pogba for his willingness to start the game after only recently returning from his post-World Cup break.More news: Stolen Plane Flies From Seattle, Crashes After Jets Scramble To Intercept
Leicester responded well though with new signing James Maddison forcing a fine save out of United keeper David De Gea as the visitors gave Mourinho's side plenty to think about.
Tottenham did provide the most players to the World Cup semi-finalists.
Of the players transferred-in, just £175m (14%) relate to intra-Premier League transfers, a record low proportion across the history of the summer transfer window.More news: House of Frazer bought by Mike Ashley
For the first time since the summer transfer window was opened in 2003 teams in England decided that they wanted to close the window in time for the start of the Premier League season.
Big outlays didn't immediately deliver on the field for Fulham, the first team to spend more than 100 million pounds after being promoted.
Last season's top-two teams spent nothing on Thursday. The 26-year-old Ayew has been relegated from the Premier League twice in the past three seasons - with Aston Villa in 2015-16 and Swansea last season.
While overall spend may be down, Premier League clubs did spend a record £880 million to transfer-in players from overseas clubs (compared to £770 million in 2017). Craig Pawson deemed Phil Jagielka's challenge on Diogo Jota being worthy of a straight red card, presenting Wolves with a unsafe free-kick.More news: New Study Finds Men Who Wear Boxers Have Higher, Healthier Sperm Count
But managers are allowed to view their own replays on the touchline from this season, so Everton's Marco Silva had a chance to review the foul before remonstrating with the fourth official in vain on the sideline.