As for United, the goal is to win the Premier League, and failing to get three points here will raise some big questions after just the first matchday.
The Portuguese coach said over the weekend he expected a "difficult" season if no-one else came in but seemed to backtrack ahead of Friday night's Premier League opener against Leicester - and went on to suggest finishing second last season is among the highlights of a career that has been littered with domestic and European success.
Mourinho's comments seem a stark contrast to those which he reverberated during his side's pre-season tour of America - where he seemingly ruled out any chance of the younger members of his squad breaking into the first team during the upcoming campaign, insisted Anthony Martial should have spent less time with his newborn child and slammed fans for paying money to watch Manchester United play overseas.
However, clubs in the Premier League can still still sell players or send them out on loan to non-Premier League clubs. It will be interesting to see how Paul Pogba turns Manchester United fortune this season.
"If they feel they can help us, 20 minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour".
The two-time Champions League victor added: "At this point I'd just say we need to win". Having left the club's United States tour to attend the birth of his child, the French forward will now "start again", Mourinho said, with pre-season training.
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Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of the 2012/2013 season and since then three new faces have arrived - David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and Mourinho.
Now it looks like no new arrivals will be heading to Old Trafford in this window.unless Mourinho has something up his sleeve.
"The information I have is no", said Mourinho when asked if he would be adding to his squad.
"You [the media] repeat 1,000 times my relations with my players is not good", Mourinho stated.