The former Chelsea and Porto boss has a odd relationship with medals, and has often been seen to give them away to fans, even when they're Premier League winning medals.
Since then, United have splurged in the transfer market, spending almost £150m ($194.8m) on the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof as they look to improve on their league table finish last season.
An unerring knack of drawing matches they dominated proved their undoing, struggling to break teams down when top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic was absent or stuttered. After a first season of transition, Mourinho must stamp his authority on this team and is under a lot of pressure to deliver the coveted Premier League title.
Since Alex Ferguson retired after the 2013 title win United have not finished in the top three but some serious investment in new players gives manager Jose Mourinho, starting his second season at the club, the sense that things are coming together.
Fans do expect a better title challenge. "He has put his trust in me and in my work, and I was very grateful to him", he added.
Leicester and Chelsea won the previous two Premier League titles in campaigns without European football, while Liverpool's top-four finish last season came in similar circumstances, but this time around all of last season's top seven are in the Champions League or Europa League. Step by step, we're going to fight.
"The other 25 percent (of the transfer targets) will be another player playing from the sides".
"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".
"We can but we can also play with four in the back", he said.
"What I had in other clubs was more players scoring goals, what we had was midfielders, wingers scoring, central defenders scoring goals at set-pieces", Mourinho (pictured right) said.
"I don't say I know the league better because I have been in this league for a long time".
"But we have lost important players to injury too, such as Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Zlatan Ibrahimovic". The top seven, we are all in Europe.