We wanted to go very far in the Champions League because that's what a club like Manchester United needs to do.
Having parked the bus in the first leg against Sevilla, the Portuguese gaffer watched on as Man United were dumped out of the Champions League at Old Trafford in the round of 16 courtesy of two goals from Wissam Ben Yedder.
"I'm very, very happy, it's unbelievable we've won in this very special stadium and the first time in 60 years we're in the quarter-finals of the Champions League", Montella told reporters after the match.
"Lukaku often isolated, wide men defending deep, team sits deep.in glimpses they scare".
Trying to get United back to the levels of the Alex Ferguson era is a hard enough task but he must do so while the club down the road, once mocked by Ferguson as the "noisy neighbours", win titles and universal praise for their style of football.
"I don't want to make a drama of it, we don't have time for that", Mourinho told reporters.
United host Brighton and Hove Albion in the quarter-finals on Saturday and Lukaku demanded an instant response from his team after a substandard performance against Sevilla. The fact that he said that "this is not the end of the world" and that "there is not time to be sad" basically normalised losing and allowed the players to accept that.
GETTYJose Mourinho's Manchester United crashed out the Champions League to Sevilla
And after the lacklustre display at the Theatre of Dreams, the former Real Madrid coach took responsibility for their failure to advance to the quarter-final stage of Europe's elite club competition.
Mourinho, who used to manage in Spain with giants Real Madrid, also explained how he felt that Sevilla had "control" of the tie after they managed to hold United to a 0-0 draw during the first leg a fortnight ago.
"It was a good, happy move by Vincenzo to bring Ben Yedder and when they scored the first goal it's completely different".
In the past he has resorted to goading fellow managers, shaming players publicly in order to motivate them and putting 10 players behind the ball in order to counter possession-based teams.
Mourinho said: "We had good periods".
Despite all the progress they have made under Mourinho, a closer look at the team's approach and personnel is needed if the team are to try and get their glory days back.
He has dropped the likes of Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba this season in the hope that it will inspire them to produce better performances, but neither player has been able to produce a good run of games all season. It's not just changing for changing sake, it's a natural process.