In the midfield, Jorginho and N'Golo Kante are ever presents when it comes to the Premier League and they could once more be partnered by Ross Barkley, who starred before the global break with a goal and an assist versus Southampton.
Mourinho welcomed the sentiment - but is not about to get his hopes up.
"It happened with me and Antonio, and this season, it's still the beginning of course, but if he's the best player of the Premier League until now, which I think he is, Chelsea are top of the league because he's the kind of player who can make a huge difference".
Jose Mourinho has been granted an extension by the Football Association until Wednesday at 6pm to respond to his charge for alleged abusive language.
Mourinho has endured fierce criticism in recent months for publicly escalating tensions with United's hierarchy over transfer policy as well as criticising players - most notably star midfielder Paul Pogba - while the team's results and performances have declined. "He was for the first time the best player in the league with me so I think the feelings are good and when the feelings are good you say nice things, when feelings are not good you don't say so much nice things".
"I think for the next few months he is quite happy to just take a break".
"I said: 'The only thing I want from you is to respect the club's position and its traditions and behave like a proper professional and we will try to see it through'".
The two tore it up at United, playing off each other wonderfully, having an innate telepathy on the pitch that saw them light up Old Trafford, produce a plethora of wonderful goals and bring a number of successes for Sir Alex Ferguson's side. "Yeah (it has an affect on them)".
"He's a nice kid, we had a good relationship, we were champions together".
"The problem is not the way of football, if I like it or not", he added. Every day I am fresh. Apart from that it is another match for me. I wake up fresh and ready to work again and to give my best again.