John also tipped Liverpool to be far more likely to push Manchester City closer than United, praising their summer business.
'So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches.
"Any point can be crucial - you don't know what is going to happen at the end of the season. It depends on the music, but words for me don't come easy".More news: Bethenny Frankel ''Heartbroken'' by Sudden Death of Dennis Shields
According to reports in France, Paul Pogba has decided against a move to Barcelona and wants to help Manchester United have a successful campaign this season.
Mourinho splashed out £89m in 2016 to make the Frenchman United's club-record signing. If he remains at Old Trafford beyond the 31 August European transfer deadline how do the club, and Mourinho, manage the World Cup-winning star?
"This is a potentially defining season for United's big players Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez and, indeed, for manager Jose Mourinho".
Pogba, made skipper for the night, answered Jose Mourinho's call to start the game despite only four days of training but showed no ring-rustiness in a remarkable man of the match performance that underlined why United refused to sell him to either Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Nigerian worldwide Kelechi Iheanacho is likely to lead the line and will be relishing the chance against Manchester United.
What lies ahead for Jose and United?
Ogden writes: "Not for the first time in his managerial career, the story has become about Mourinho rather than the club where he's now in charge; it is rarely a signpost toward a positive and successful future when that happens".