The Portuguese's calling card has been to win leagues wherever he has managed, but even Mourinho has tempered expectations that the gap to City can be breached in one season.
The top assists chart this season clearly reveals City's dominance this season that saw that record an outstanding centurions of Premier League points.
- Manchester United lost all of their away games to the three clubs promoted into the division this term - to Huddersfield in October, to Newcastle in February and to Brighton in May.
Four days after drawing 1-1 at home, the deposed champions looked bedraggled in losing to Newcastle thanks to goals by Dwight Gayle and Ayoze Perez, who scored twice in the second half.
The remainder of the contest yielded further proof of Swansea's goalscoring troubles, with Tammy Abraham and Andre Ayew denied, while Britton's introduction was a welcome distraction from the pain of the home side's 21st Premier League loss of 2017-18. Barry, whose current club West Brom have been relegated out of the division, has also accumulated the most Premier League minutes and yellow cards in his career.More news: Mercedes tyre fix put Hamilton back in business
Despite winning just seven matches all season, Southampton's upturn since the arrival of Mark Hughes sees them finish narrowly above Swansea and the Saints can now look forward to top-flight football next season - though there is work to do if they are to avoid the drop next year. Romelu Lukaku, who has scored top-flight goals for West Brom, Everton and Manchester United, became the 28th player to achieve the feat in March. Salah's goal was his 32nd and broke a record for most goals in a 38 game Premier League season (Alan Shearer has 34 in a 42 game season).
And they ensured a remarkable season would end on a high as Sunday's sensational climax ensured those figures became 100, 106 and 32 respectively. And then before we know it, a new Premier League season will be upon us once again.
He inspired an instant revival with five wins in his opening nine league games to climb clear of the bottom three.
A state-of-the-art new 62,000 capacity stadium awaits Tottenham next season, but there isn't much time to settle in with the pressure on to turn four years of progress under Mauricio Pochettino into silverware.
City won 2-1 at Old Trafford, beating United at its own game, and struck a decisive blow in the Premier League title race that felt like it was over as early as in the second week of December.