When Manchester United lost the FA Cup Final to Chelsea there was no inquest, no rallying call. Instead, Jose Mourinho had a quiet word with each of his players, one-by-one.
The Portuguese thanked his men for their efforts. Those who are going to the World Cup were told to enjoy it.
Those who were off to the beach and beyond were told to come back fresh for what promises to be an era-defining 2018-19.
Jose Mourinho planned for the FA Cup final meticulously so the 1-0 defeat was a huge shock
United suffered at the hands of Mourinho's former side Chelsea in the Wembley showpiece
The overriding feeling in the camp was of shock at the 1-0 defeat under the arch. It was not meant to be like this. Mourinho is a meticulous man who leaves nothing to chance. This is well known throughout football.
Sportsmail can disclose, however, that even by his standards the planning was raised by a couple of notches in the build-up to the clash with his former employers - and can also reveal what really happened with Romelu Lukaku.
It started early. All players were told that from the Monday before the match, May 14, their diaries had to be clear. That meant there were to be no commercial activities, either personal or club-related.
There was also to be no media. In short, there would be nothing to distract them from the task at hand. From Tuesday, it was all about Chelsea as the squad headed to Watford, for sessions at the Premier League club’s training ground and a morale-building minicamp at the nearby, five–star Grove Hotel.
Mourinho put a number of restrictions in place in the week preceding the final
Players were given free time but there was one stipulation from Mourinho, who insisted that they broke bread together. They were also told that there was to be an 11pm curfew. It is commonplace, in the build-up to big matches, for players to arrange tickets for friends and family members.