“Do you know what is also heritage? It is that (Nicolas) Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, (David) Silva, (Raheem) Sterling, (Sergio) Aguero, they are investments from the past, not from the last two years.
“That’s football heritage and one day when I leave, the next Manchester United manager will find here (Romelu) Lukaku, (Nemanja) Matic, of course (David) De Gea from many years ago.”
The depth of reaction to United’s defeat, and particularly the manner of their exit, even provoked suggestions that Mourinho may not be around to see out his contract.
But Mourinho said the club’s owners and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, remain firmly behind him.
“I have an amazing job to do,” he said. “I could be in another country with the league in the pocket. I am here and I am going to be here and no way am I going to change my mentality.”
“I understand that for many, many, many years it was really, really hard for the people who don’t like me, here he is again, here he wins again,” added the United boss.
“For 10 months I win nothing, the last title that I won was 10 months ago. I beat Liverpool, Chelsea, I lose against Sevilla and now this is their moment to be happy.
“I learn that in my religious formation — be happy with others’ happiness, even if they are your enemies. I am a really lucky guy and happy to be where I am.”