Premier League clubs were required to submit their retained and released lists by the third Saturday in May, with Ibrahimovic's name absent from the list of players that United want to keep for the 2017/18 season.
And yet Mourinho hinted at a formula he thinks could make the difference for United. In the European competition, he netted five goals.
Mourinho spoke highly of Hernandez earlier in the week and his admiration of the 29-year-old is obvious.
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his sides first goal from the penalty spot with Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Manchester City at the Riverside Stadium on April 30, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England.
"He's a good player, he's a player that will always score goals, he is a player that I would always welcome in my squad because he doesn't need many minutes on the pitch to score a goal. We were focused on the striker scoring goals and when it didn't happen we were in trouble". "Every one of the 22, plus the goalkeepers, that started the pre-season is ready for Premier League match one".
He said: "I think the champions are the team to beat - they weren't champions for nothing".
In the end, Mkhitaryan has more than proved his worth since last season.
The ex-Chelsea boss threw his winners' medal into the crowd following their Premier League triumph in 2006 and also gave away his medal following the 2015 Community shield.
Manchester United have spent big this summer, lavishing £140million on Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof.
Defense wins titles, but goals are what the people want. It's going to be tough for them. Even if it doesn't avoid relegation, Ryan will have plenty of opportunity to show what he's about.
"It's truly incredible to see his strength, power and the intelligence he possesses". The odds are against us staying up. I'm sure Chris will know the key for any newly-promoted team is how you do at home.
Similarly, Cambridge found itself in 16 place, hugely outperforming the League Two status of its sole professional team.