Chief football writer Daniel Taylor writes: "United's conclusion was that in most cases Mourinho had targeted defenders who were no better than those they already had".
Fred addressed United's midfield issue while Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant add decent depth to the team.
Chelsea shattered the world-record fee for a goalkeeper with an 80-million euro (US$92 million) swoop for Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga on Wednesday to replace Belgian global Thibaut Courtois, who has joined European champion Real Madrid.
After the United goal though it was mostly one-way traffic for the visiting side, with David De Gea repeatedly called into action including a miraculous save on a James Maddison shot that should have drawn Leicester level.
"I like my players".
Now it looks like no new arrivals will be heading to Old Trafford in this window.unless Mourinho has something up his sleeve.
"Like always we want to keep improving and keep bringing trophies to Manchester United because success motivates us".
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However, there was no indication that it was a deliberate tactic on his part or that he was being economical with the truth.
"I have to focus on the players I have and the next few matches".
Mourinho has been quite vocal regarding some of his playing squad, or lack of should I say.
"When you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie, repeated 1,000 times is still a lie".
Chelsea let the Serbian defensive midfielder leave for £35m last summer - and he enjoyed a remarkably consistent debut season at Old Trafford.
"Any point can be crucial - you don't know what is going to happen at the end of the season".
Therefore Manchester United would likely be incentivised to offer Pogba a better contract to ward off Barcelona or drive his transfer fee up for a move in January or next summer. They also bought in left-back Joe Bryan from Bristol City, plus three players on loan - goalkeeper Sergio Rico from Sevilla, Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto and United's Timothy Fosu-Mensah.