Mourinho's comments seem a stark contrast to those which he reverberated during his side's pre-season tour of America - where he seemingly ruled out any chance of the younger members of his squad breaking into the first team during the upcoming campaign, insisted Anthony Martial should have spent less time with his newborn child and slammed fans for paying money to watch Manchester United play overseas.
The Red Devils host Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday in the Premier League's opener and Mourinho had already looked short on options due to the club's World Cup players. As for United, the goal is to win the Premier League, and failing to get three points here will raise some big questions after just the first matchday.
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.
"It is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe".
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Jose Mourinho's men have won two of their last three fixtures against Leicester to nil, including this exact fixture nearly 12 months ago when United eased home 2-0. Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng is Mourinho's first choice, but has reportedly phoned the Portuguese coach to tell him he won't be joining.
"When you are nine days without one minute of training or football, you go back and start with the other people". The style of play under Mourinho has not been easy to watch but he'll always say I don't care what style but we finished second in the league.
The former Chelsea boss has clearly become very frustrated with Ed Woodward's inability to deliver signings.
"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of people is that it's true".
"I asked for five players and they did not bring me any". I like my group. I'm going to enjoy this season.