"Manchester United is a great club that all the world knows".
"To play for Manchester United is hard enough".
"I am not saying that we are going to have more points than last season because last season we collected a very acceptable number of points".
Despite being widely tipped to fail to do so, United have justified odds-on favouritism in each of their last three matches but they look short enough against a team as well-organised as Wolves.
"I think good results, and good performances, they make miracles", said Mourinho at his press conference on Friday. Will United be able to muscle their way to another three points or will Wolves' slick style cause them problems?
Maybe they have had a chat in the dressing room, maybe the players have upped their game but the manager has done something to change the mindset of the players and he seems to have galvanised them.
"Last year I had the opportunity to play at Old Trafford with Benfica and it was a great experience and now here is another opportunity". "Small things, but nothing important, so I would say Marcos Rojo is the one that is still not training with the team and Ander Herrera is not ready to play, but is in the final phase of his recovery process".
An unimpressive 2-1 home win against Leicester on the opening weekend was followed by a terrible 3-2 defeat at Brighton and a 3-0 thrashing at home to Spurs but Manchester United may well have turned the corner after three away wins in-a-row.
"But I think the happiness, the confidence, the self-esteem was what pushed him to play in our first match against Leicester nearly without training and he played a very good match. We love the game", said Nuno - who has undoubtedly been the biggest success.
'I don't speak with him for quite a long time, to be honest, ' said Mourinho.
'But I think the work in Wolves is good because it's not just about the Portuguese influence - Portuguese manager, staff and players - it's also about getting the right ones.
Mourinho's side go into the weekend six points behind leaders Chelsea, having lost two of their opening five matches, at Brighton and at home to Tottenham. And often he is at his best when his back is to the wall.
"I think the team as a team is resolving the defensive problems better than before", said Mourinho.
You'd have to wonder, then, what the thinking is at Manchester City this week after losing to Lyon on Wednesday night.