It's a courageous call to say that of the three promoted teams Fulham have enjoyed the better transfer window - and remember I'm writing this prior to Thursday's Deadline Day - given what Wolves have done in the transfer market, but not only do I think that, I also believe that the Cottagers have had one of the best windows of all Premier League clubs.
"I don't think just because they haven't signed a centre-back we should be sat here thinking 'we'll let Manchester United off the hook they shouldn't be challenging this year.' A club thats spent the money they've spent in the past few seasons and the players they've got". Despite weeks of reported haggling over the potential signign of Harry Maguire from Leicester or Toby Alderweireld fro Tottenham, United ended up empty handed. However, there was no indication that it was a deliberate tactic on his part or that he was being economical with the truth.
But he was quick to point out his United side were closest to runaway leaders Manchester City last season, even if they finished 19 points adrift.
Manchester United begin their Premier League campaign against Leicester City on Friday night.
"So it's time - at least for me - to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed, so I will have to focus on the players I have in relation to this first couple of matches. I keep saying that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling that second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game". Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic are all unavailable due to injury.
Asked if nothing would happen in or out before the Premier League deadline at 5pm, he said: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)".
Several transfer targets were identified but failed to materialise and it seems the United boss doesn't fancy his chances of closing the considerable gap on Champions City with the pool of players left at Old Trafford.
And while those players are all now back in training, with Lukaku, Rashford and Jones having returned earlier than scheduled, Mourinho has admitted he will still be without a number of key players against Leicester.
"They return on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", Mourinho said.
"In Championship Manager you can just press a button", he stated.
Manchester United's pre-season featured a mixed bag of results. In football, you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have until now.
"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe, that I won eight championships and three Premier League's but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".