Mourinho stood in the way of any potential bid for Morgan Schneiderlin from Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Daily Mail.
According to reports in the paper, Schneiderlin was the subject of an enquiry from Spurs, who were keen on signing the midfielder.
Schneiderlin has struggled for game time under Mourinho, but this has largely been down to the excellent form of Marouane Fellaini. He has made only two appearances for the club since the Portuguese manager was appointed: A two-minute cameo against Leicester in the Community Shield, and a five-minute appearance in United’s opening game of the season against Bournemouth.
Tottenham, who were keeping a close eye on the 26-year-old’s situation at the club, saw this as a window of opportunity.
The midfielder had worked with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino while the pair were at Southampton. His reputation grew under the guidance of the Argentine, and the London club were looking to this fact as a sign of hope. However, Mourinho was quick to turn them down, reiterating that the midfielder was not for sale.
Despite Fellaini’s brilliant start to the season, Mourinho confirmed that the midfielder had suffered a bad back injury in the 1-0 win against Hull City, which could prove to be a good opportunity for Schneiderlin to showcase his abilities and his worth to the team.
With United participating in the UEFA Europa League, English Football League Cup and the FA Cup, the Frenchman could prove pivotal to the Red Devil’s season.
Missing out on the 26-year-old shouldn’t be too much of a bother down at the White Hart Lane, as Tottenham sealed a deadline day move for Morgan Schneiderlin’s French compatriot Moussa Sissoko for a reported fee of £30 million from Newcastle United.