Manchester United set for tough season, says Mourinho


You also feel it's just one result away from everyone being on his case again, but United have a decent run of fixtures on the way and by the time the next global break comes around it could have a very nice look to things.

"No injuries from the match", said Mourinho.

"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".

"I think the team as a team is resolving the defensive problems better than before", said Mourinho.

"The young ones are young boys with good potential and you can see the work of the coaching staff - and the team is a really, really good team".

Mourinho was Nuno's manager while the Wolves boss was a goalkeeper at Porto between 2002 and 2004 and the pair won two league titles, the UEFA Cup and the Champions League together.

"And they can say, "Oh, Manchester United, good team, good squad, City good squad, good team".

"I think we're improving as a team".

United, and the manager, had all that criticism earlier in the season but it was hard for them, players late back after the World Cup and issues like that.

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United's stats against Wolves and Mourinho's fine home record suggest they could justify odds-on favouritism but United's winning streak has been on the road and they're yet to impress at Old Trafford this term.

Some of the top teams are not firing on all cylinders, you could say that about Liverpool, they are getting the job done and United are starting to have that look about then now.

"We go there like all the games, we prepare ourselves", said Santo.

"If I get in I have to do my best, if I play 90 or if I play five minutes". "Every player has another level to step up".

Mourinho is particularly pleased by his team's defensive improvement, which he attributes to a collective effort rather than any particular combination of players. Football is a little bit like this.

The manager was disappointed not to recruit a senior player in the position during the summer window as he believed this was required to bolster his rearguard.

"I think the team is more compact, more solid".

"I think the happiness, the confidence, the self-esteem was what pushed him to play the first match nearly without training against Leicester and played a very good match".

"It's more about the moment and the momentum is very important in the positive and negative way".