In one of his earlier admissions in his first season with Manchester United, Mourinho touched on his admiration for Javier Hernandez, a player, according to him, would have remained at Old Trafford under his management - which tells everything about the kind of difference the Mexican worldwide can make to any team in the league.
Four years ago, in David Moyes's first match in charge, they won 4-1 at Swansea but their manager did not survive the season as United ended seventh.
Chelsea's 3-2 defeat at home to Burnley 24 hours earlier made Matic's performance even more noteworthy.
Manchester United have spent the biggest transfer fee this summer so far after signing Romelu Lukaku in a £75m deal from Everton following Victor Lindelof's arrival from Benfica.
He added: "It depends on what is happening or what was happening behind doors and we don't know. I think Victor is a little bit of that and he's going to have that time". "We are very low". "He was a player this team needs".
But Mourinho, speaking ahead of the clash with West Ham United, made it clear that Lindelof would be an importantly versatile asset at Old Trafford this season.
Following Tottenham's Danny Rose had ranted about the club's failure to sign quality players during the close-season, it was fitting that the injured left-back's replacement Ben Davies was the man to increase his side's lead in the 70th minute. He likes the team and the team likes him.
"Between the players we have lost and the players we have got, I think we are in a similar situation, but with more experience of working together and a much better pre-season".
"A word that I like is confidence, they played with confidence and played football". He knows sometimes strikers can play well but not score, but from me there will be no pressure. In the first game of this season, all elements - intelligence, pace, power and dynamism - came together for the ideal Mourinho goal.