Meanwhile, Mourinho will not use United’s failures of the last three seasons – they finished seventh under David Moyes, then fourth and fifth under Louis van Gaal – as an excuse for not mounting a serious title challenge this season.
“I’m not going to hide behind three bad seasons, three bad championships and behind two seasons of not even finishing in fourth place.
“I’m not going to hide also and say that fourth place is a target and anything better will be amazing.
“No, I want to win the title and I want my players to feel that too. If at the end of the season anyone is better than us then great but now, in this moment before the flag to start the race, I’m not going to say we don’t want to win the title.”
Mourinho confirmed that Wayne Rooney will remain United’s captain despite the debate about where United’s longest-serving player will fit into his new-look team.