The Swede, 35, is now a free agent after suffering a serious knee injury while playing with the Red Devils towards the end of last season, yet the Portuguese is willing to discuss terms on a new deal.
The Manchester United boss has won the domestic league in his second campaign in each of his five management jobs since making his name at Porto.
"Can we win it? The reality is totally different", he told ESPN. Matic, in particular, was an odd sale for me and really surprising that they sold him to a close rival.
"We know from working in pre-season on the training pitch what our game plan is going to be in most games".
Mourinho still speaks of free agent Ibrahimovic as part of the group, saying he is injured for the start of the season along with other "important players" like Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo. You've got to understand what the club is all about.
"But this is modern football".
After a season in which the now-departed (but slated to return) Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted 28 goals, the obvious focus is on Lukaku to step into those boots.
The big question is whether Mourinho can forge a consistent starting side out of his squad after a year in which injuries hampered any attempt at continuity.
Since the end of last season, transfer records have been shattered across the country as over one billion pounds has changed hands in a frenzy that could well set a new high for a single window.
It was the inevitable reaction to feeble title challenges that saw City finish 15 points behind the victorious Chelsea side in third place and United drift over the line nine points further adrift.
But the Belgium global failed to convince Mourinho during their time together at Chelsea and will be playing in the Champions League proper for the first time.
"I will just go with everything I have to try to win every match we play".
I have conditions to deliver a better team than I did in the first season.
Last season was the first time in his managerial career that he finished a campaign without having added at least one trophy to his collection.
"Rashford and Lukaku bring in little but of pace but they still lack a bit of pace compared to the other teams".
And Matic has called on his side to hit the ground running when they begin the new season at Old Trafford on Sunday.
United are, however, aware of the need to push themselves back into Premier League contention, with Pogba setting the lofty target of challenging on all fronts in 2017-18.
The City line-up for their 1-0 win was all-British but the eleven who will take the field on Saturday will be drawn from around the world - with even more worldwide talent having been recruited during the close-season.
This post was syndicated from Vanguard News.
Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer?