Why hasn't he just said I'm staying for one more season?
Despite Romelu Lukaku's arrival, Mourinho knows the Belgian can not be relied upon exclusively, and requires more from the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the lone player to reach double figures in the league with 17, while Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney were the next best with a mere six. "If Guardiola doesn't win the league it will be his fault and his fault alone".
Mourinho's optimism is based on three beliefs; he feels he has a more settled squad than when he arrived, that they have had a better pre-season than 12 months ago and that their rivals at the top of the division will have greater distractions in European competition this time. "We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that".
Mourinho said: "I think everybody is in Europe. Manchester City are many pundits" favourites for the title this year.
The 35-year-old, who scored 28 goals for United last season, has been at the club during his rehabilitation and Mourinho said the Swede could feature in the second half of the season.
United have added striker Romelu Lukaku, midfielder Nemanja Matic and defender Victor Lindelof to their squad.
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The match marked quite a journey for Albion, 20 years after facing extinction and following a 34-year absence from the top flight. And we did it. "We have to win the games that we can do". "It's important to start well and start winning", Ederson added.
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"Most of the players - Sergio [Aguero], Raz [Raheem Sterling], Leroy [Sane], Gabriel [Jesus], Bernardo Silva - all of them are young and will stay for the future".
Craig Shakespeare's efforts to guide Leicester to stability last season earned him the job on a permanent basis.
"It's the same pressure as I had last season", Guardiola explained.
"I will do my best like I did last season".
"You know he's injured, he needs time to recover, he's not ready to play tomorrow", Mourinho said.
"For example, hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season".
While it might seem insane Guardiola is thinking of adding any more to the midfield and attack, there are two high-profile players linked with the club in those positions.