"We must get used to teams who have players of the same quality that we have".
Jose Mourinho was left frustrated by a lack of deadline-day activity as Manchester United failed to bring in the centre-back he craved.
To Mourinho's intense irritation, United's conclusion was that in most cases he had targeted defenders who were no better than those they already had and who, in today's inflated market, could conceivably have cost upwards of £70 million (S$122.4 million) without vastly improving the team.
Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of the 2012/2013 season and since then three new faces have arrived - David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and Mourinho. "Every team is a good team, forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirt".
But this is the last time I speak about it.
That's football, that's football management, and I think football is changing and probably football managers should be called head coaches.
"I enjoy the last season, the fight to finish where we finished and to manage the best position in five or six years. But very complete performance, he just has to keep going, the mentality was very good, the tactical discipline was very good too and he had the power to move forward and score an important goal for us".
"We should start the Premier League with a win and we did", he said.
Mourinho was particularly annoyed to miss out on a series of centre-back targets, including Leicester's Harry Maguire who shone for England in Russian Federation.
"We changed the goalkeepers with Lee because Joel [Pereira, loaned to Vitoria de Setubal] is such a good young goalkeeper that he needs to play".
Claude Puel, the visiting manager, said: "It was a shame to concede this goal at the beginning of the game. I am happy with the performance to make this game in this condition, it's encouraging for the future".