The Spanish, European and world champions are far better than any English team but while United won’t have to worry about playing a side as good as the Spaniards in the Premier League, Mourinho’s side still finished 24 points behind champions Chelsea last season.
The former Chelsea and Porto boss has a unusual relationship with medals, and has often been seen to give them away to fans, even when they’re Premier League winning medals.
Mourinho’s solution for United’s profligacy in front of goal was to sign Romelu Lukaku for a reported £75million from Everton.
United have invested heavily on the signings of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof in the transfer window, while champions Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal have also spent large sums.
The season was only considered a success because of the three secondary trophies Mourinho delivered.
But who could Mourinho start against West Ham?
“It is hard job to play against a team that dominates the possession – and he tried”, Mourinho said of his striker.
“We just develop that and we played in a couple of matches, Sampdoria and I think the LA Galaxy, because it is something during the season we are maybe going to do”.
“He had a good fight against two good central defender and I am happy with this period and how he fits into – I am never exhausted to repeat – an wonderful group”.
Mourinho still speaks of free agent Ibrahimovic as part of the group, saying he is injured for the start of the season along with other “important players” like Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo.
“We got a central midfielder, a striker, obviously the 25 per cent would be for a player from the sides, but we have players”.
“I understand the reality of the market, of the numbers and that my club by doing 75 percent of what I initially asked did very well. I think it’s the objective of every one of the top teams and every one of the top team managers”, he said.
“We got a central midfielder, we got a striker”. The top seven, we are all in Europe.