Manchester United manager Moyes, meanwhile, was heartened by Mourinho’s description of the club – if not particularly moved by continued probing on the Rooney issue.
He said: “He’s got one thing right – this is a special club.
“We’ve said to you people from day one that you want to keep asking me and it’s very difficult to keep saying sorry, but that’s the case and we’ve told you that from day one.”
Moyes then turned his attention to the game itself and said that there needs to be clarification on what constitutes handball after his side were denied a penalty against Chelsea after a shot from Tom Cleverley struck Chelsea’s Frank Lampard on the arm in the second half. But referee Martin Atkinson waved away United’s appeal for a spot-kick.
“It’s a situation where the referees are not sure judging what is handball and what isn’t,” Moyes told BBC Sport.
“I think the referee had a good game, but I don’t think the managers are quite sure either.”
Moyes refused to deny the link but he admitted United remain interested in securing the “best players” before the transfer window shuts on September 2.
“I said at the start when I got the job that Manchester United will always be interested in the best players and we’re always looking to try and improve the team,” the Scot added.
“The owners have given me every opportunity to bring in who I want and we’ll continue to try and find those players.
“It’s been tough in this window but we’re always looking at the best players.
“I can’t give you any more.”