Balotelli came off the bench at half-time, but Mourinho was absolutely furious with the teenager.
Mourinho seethed: “Balotelli was terrible today, close to zero. He didn't move, didn't work and did not help the team with [Dejan] Stankovic injured and [Wesley] Sneijder incredibly tired. Mario only played 45 minutes on Wednesday, he's 19 and could have done a lot more.
“I cannot do more with him. I need help. I tried everything with different strategies, to be closer to him and sweeter, more distant and aggressive. Now I must wait for his response.
“This is Mario. He steps on to the field and we never know what he can give to the team - everything or nothing. I urge the media to stay closer to my strategy and so together we can help him.
“He listens and talks to the Coach, but sometimes I don't know if he is 100 per cent in agreement with me. He has improved, but with the talent he has he ought to be giving more by now.”