'As long as he remains a Manchester United player, it's best that I don't talk about players at other clubs'.
United have just 10 points after seven Premier League games -that meagre haul plus their negative goal difference means this is their poorest start since 1989-90, when they had picked up seven points at this stage of the season.
"As a footballer your DNA is about hard work and effort, I didn't see that today", said Ferdinand, now a pundit with BT Sport.
He watched from his position behind the dug-out as United's situation went from bad to worse, losing 3-1 virtue of strikes from Felipe Anderson, Marko Arnautovic and a Victor Lindelof own goal. I think individually and as a team we were very bad.
The defeat left United lying in 10th in the Premier League, with just three wins from their opening seven fixtures, nine points behind leaders Manchester City.
"I look forward to that match on Tuesday and I hope the majority of the players have this same kind of mentality, and that they are looking forward to Tuesday".
"We were not good enough to stop the counter-attack".
"Games like this [at West Ham] we should be dominating, creating chances, showing people why we deserve to play for Manchester United". It's hard to take.
"That's not good enough". That shouldn't be happening. That didn't happen. It's disappointing and a very, very bad day for us.
His exclusion was in response to a tame start to the campaign, the left winger having provided just one assist and failing to find the net in his first five appearances.
Mourinho then defended his decision to drop the out-of-form Alexis Sánchez in favour of Anthony Martial, while praising the personality of 21-year-old defensive midfielder Scott McTominay, who also returned to the squad.
"When a player is captain, I analyse the player by the player perspective, but also by the captain perspective".