"Apart from Marcos Rojo, now we have Ander Herrera, Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard out", Mourinho said.
Following on from that, despite travelling with the team down to London for the Saturday lunchtime clash with West Ham, Sanchez was dropped from the match day squad completely.
If Mourinho was attempting to lighten the mood and ease the tension, he didn't make a good job of it. The game was really bad but everyone has responsibilities.
A report in The Sun newspaper on Monday claimed Zidane had phoned Mourinho to reassure him the Frenchman isn't plotting to take his job.
United take on Valencia in the Champions League tomorrow evening with Mourinho under growing pressure after a troubled start to the season. It was incredible what he walked into and he sustained it at Real Madrid which is a hard job and you have to respect him for that.
Mourinho's responses to questions about the commitment of his players hinted at his own realisation that not all of them are fans of his.
Mourinho's side are in the midst of a hard three-match winless run as they prepare to face Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday night, when Matic says the team need to step up.
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"If you want the truth I think it was honestly horrendous", he told reporters. "I see upset people, some people that don't look like they lost a game".
"But in the little two sessions of training we have had [since West Ham] everything is normal, desire to work and play". Sometimes what it looks is exactly the opposite. You look at our team and we had a very strong team.
The warning signs were there in the summer when Mourinho called out the club CEO Ed Woodward for failing to back him in the transfer market. The conclusion being drawn is that what happened to Mourinho in his final season at Chelsea is happening all over again in Manchester, though that could be an oversimplistic analysis.
But do the United players care, Jose? I can say that in the club everyone is giving his best to do better for the team.
"We made mistakes, for sure the manager will be telling us about them, but I don't believe any player goes on to the pitch not wanting to give his best".
"What I can do to improve things I do and I will improve the things that depend on me and my work".