But I don't feel like that.
"I don't think that Paul has the conditions to play". I don't know the way they think.
"In my personal analysis, I don't think that way".
He added: "We won a League Cup". [Daley] Blind will not play against Southampton, [Marouane] Fellaini will because he's not played the last three [league] matches [due to suspension].
That means their only hope of Champions League qualification rests with beating Ajax in Stockholm on May 24 - and Mourinho has rotated players in Premier League matches in recent weeks as he has plotted his way through the Europa League. We had good things.
However, Mourinho said he realised the media, and some United supporters, may see it that way.
Asked what had made it such a tough season, he replied: "The players and the club".
"Sometimes it's hard and sometimes it's easier but the players are all battling and improving to work for him". But when I analyse my work I know what I had to do. I know what I had to do.
"I repeat the same, thank you [to referee] Michael Oliver because we were out of the FA Cup [a quarter-final defeat to Chelsea where Ander Herrera was sent off]".More news: China's Xi says willing to put South Korea ties back on track
Ajax manager Peter Bosz is the latest footballing figure who has taken a dig at Mourinho's philosophy at United. The ones that had to play played 90 minutes.
Mourinho rested key players again yesterday, just as he did when United lost 2-0 at Arsenal last Sunday.
"Hopefully Crystal Palace don't have a lot to play for in the last game of the season, because I will make a lot of changes".
"We are speaking about the Argentina national goalkeeper and the Spain national goalkeeper".
"They are so friends and they support each other all the time".
"But like this I never have". I always saw them supporting each other.
"Of course I have in my mind already what I think is going to be the team and the players who can influence the decisions with positive or negative decisions".
City overcame Leicester 2-1 at the weekend and will face West Brom on Tuesday evening, in what will be Pablo Zabaleta's final home game after 9 years at the club, as his contract expires in the summer.