His next job, in Italy, saw Mourinho win a coveted treble, including the Champions League, in 2010, his second year with Inter Milan. A fee of 40 million pounds proved too substantial for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to turn down, even if manager Antonio Conte wanted to retain the midfielder he still called "very important for our team" on Wednesday.
"There are some transfers that have gone ahead so far that are so above our levels you nearly have to disregard them".
"I'm happy with the club's efforts". The only clues provided on Wednesday night was the silhouette of the mystery man and some choice quotes from the piece revealing that the player would be prepared to leave the club, feels the club needs to buy more "world-class players" and, perhaps unsurprisingly, he'd like to win some trophies.
The United manager had outlined four positions he wanted to strengthen in to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the start of the transfer window, but only Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have arrived at Old Trafford.
"It's very hard when you see the spending of some clubs in the summer, Manchester United of course and Chelsea who will be right up there".
"I just think that he was very clear by showing that what he did past year was not enough for him".
"What would it mean for me to be the Premier League champion?".
After seeing three different teams win the past three English Premier League titles, Manchester City is hoping to return to glory this season as the +185 favorite (bet $100 to win $185) on the EPL championship odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. "Old Trafford is waiting for us and I think Old Trafford has a reason to be behind us", he said. Last season, two of them were not in Europe.
"That group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City", he said.
"Some, okay, have the luck to play Tuesday or Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday, but in the end the same number of matches".
His pacey displays across the front three continued in pre-season, and he was one of United's star performers on tour - bagging three goals in seven outings.
The players are champing at the bit to get started.
The United boss admitted he still remains hopeful of signing a wide player, with Mourinho having already conceded it is "game over" for their chances of signing Real Madrid's Gareth Bale. Victor can play right-back and centre midfield.
"We got a central midfielder, we got a striker".
West Ham have also been active in the transfer market after flirting with the relegation zone last season and could feature Mexico worldwide and ex-United striker Javier Hernandez in attack on Sunday.
"We are Manchester United and we want to get back to being the big Manchester United".