And his next comment has already led to backlash from Manchester United fans on social media after Mourinho said finishing behind City wasn't such a bad thing....
"My perception is he arrived Monday, happy, proud, with a desire to work", Mourinho said ahead of Friday's opening Premier League fixture against Leicester. Thus, the first Man United starting team of 2018/19 features a partnership of Eric Bailly and World Cup star Victor Lindelöf.
But Mourinho has called on his team to avoid an early slip-up against Leicester and ensure they do not fall behind their title rivals.
"Like always we want to keep improving and keep bringing trophies to Manchester United because success motivates us".
You will then be topped up in bonuses to the value of the promotion payout, which in this case will bring you up to £30 if you place the maximum £5 stake.
However, there has been little other late movement from the top six clubs with Mourinho in particular frustrated at missing out on a host of targets to bolster his options in central defense. For example, Alexis Sanchez had a good pre-season with lots of matches and lots of minutes.
In May, the world-class Spanish goalkeeper won Manchester United's Player of the Year award for the fourth time in five seasons. For nine days he didn't train.so he's to start again.
"When I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - it is hard to believe that we finished second", Jose said, "because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners".
Mourinho's relationship with players like Pogba and Martial has come under close scrutiny, as have the manager's mood swings over the club's failure to complete key signings he wanted in the transfer window. "When you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie, repeated 1,000 times". I like my group.
"I focus on just what we have, and we go with everything we have to the first match".