"In my initial analysis from January and through the months I was thinking of four players but I'm not a hard person to work with in spite of if you make it look different", said Mourinho, ahead of United's Premier League opener against West Ham, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday. It's fair to say that a lot has changed in football since their last top flight appearance in 1983, and Manchester City are one of those things.
Manchester United begins its league campaign on Sunday, hosting West Ham.
"A formidable unit can be fielded on any match-day that would contain only a couple of players Mourinho has inherited and is lukewarm about - the centre-back Phil Jones and Daley Blind or Matteo Darmian, the potential left-backs".
"But we have players and if we cannot strengthen the team in these areas we have people we can trust and go for it".
Having come second to Harry Kane in the race for the golden boot last season with 25 goals for Everton, the striker has proven he can score goals in the Premier League.
Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic have been brought into help in to boost their title challenge, with the United boss looking to continue his remarkable record of winning the league in his second campaign in all five spells in charge of a major club. So obviously there's no guarantee. A good season for me?
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The 20-year-old looks ready for the challenge after scoring 26 goals while on loan at Championship side Bristol City last season. It seems that the first round of " Manchester City " fits in a good game tone and confidence in their abilities.
Empowered by a close-season transfer splurge of some £200 million ($264.8 million, 233.5 million euros), Manchester City are the early favourites to topple Premier League champions Chelsea.
"But when I asked him about what getting the medal means, he was excited but said "I just want to win my first Ballon d'Or before I turn 20"," Ibrahim said.
The Seagulls have won just one of their last five opening fixtures to a league season (D1 L3). This time we are all in the same basket, it is going to be the same for everybody. Ronald Koeman has spent north of £100m and given they've already got two Europa League games under their belt, they should be primed for battle. "The former Everton striker scored in seven straight PL games against West Ham at one time for the Blues and, with that goal in Skopje under his belt, the Belgium worldwide is unlikely to be lacking confidence on his competitive home debut". He will be out to prove that these are well behind him and he can once again become the player that was linked to Manchester United and Tottenham in the past.
"He's injured, he needs time to recover", added Mourinho. "I'm really happy to start the Premier League this weekend because our pre-season was very complete and was a pre-season organised in a way where we start playing MLS teams and ended playing against the best teams in Europe".