But then there was in 2008 when we were a League One side, City were newly-crowned the "world's richest club' already with many star players - and we beat them in the League Cup at our humble Withdean Stadium home".
"He was very clear, by showing what he did a year ago, that it was not enough for him", Mourinho told reporters on Friday.
"We want to win more trophies and do better in the Premier League and we're obviously happy to be back in the Champions League".
'I am doing the work that I've done with every other club so we go for it this season. "Honestly, I just smiled", he said of the hostile reception he received when preparing to come on as a substitute against Tottenham last December.
"I would say there are seven teams to fight for the title and 20 teams to fight every week for every match".
"What it means for me to be the Premier League champion?"
Fans and players alike will have been disappointed with Pep Guardiola's first season at the Eastlands, with many tipping them for league glory but ended without a piece of silverware for the first time in Guardiola's managerial career.
"We're very much ready for the challenges ahead".
If Mourinho is feeling the pressure of maintaining his record of winning league titles within two years at Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan and Real Madrid, he's not showing it. Perhaps we've got to ensure that all our players give their all and hope that City are off-colour, but it can happen that way. I expect him to keep The Terriers up - I believe he is that good.
Like Rooney, a striker who nearly suffered by achieving so much so early: Owen won two Premier League Golden Boots as a teenager and was electric between breaking into the Liverpool first team at 17 and leaving for Real Madrid at 24.
He's quoted as saying: "We must play with intelligence, as we're going to be playing against teams that are better than us".
"I just think that he was very clear by showing what he did, a year ago was not enough for him". The medical department is better, the logistics, how we organise training routines, the analysis department. I'm 24 now but when you are on the pitch there is no age.
That untimely habit of springing beyond the last defender has not gone unnoticed by Jesus' mother Vera Lucia and regular matriarchal tips on the art of goal-poaching even inspired Jesus' telephone goal celebration.
"Do I have to be more of a leader?"
We had lots of dominance at home, we had lots of chances, we had lots of matches where the result could or should be 2-0 or 3-0 and in the end was 1-1. I want to play West Ham - a hard match - then go to Swansea for another hard match. I am on fire'.