United picked up 81 points, their highest tally in the 1980s and only lost five games all season, but Liverpool were streets ahead.
However, he holds no grudge against United, describing the chance to take charge of them as a "real privilege". Marouane Fellaini remains sidelined as well, as the Belgian is also dealing with a minor knock.
As for the East Londoners and David Moyes, the general feel from today's press conference was that its job done as far as this season is concerned, following the club guaranteeing promotion at the weekend. As such, The Red Devils shouldn't have problems to secure the three points here. In the three-man backline for the hosts, youngster Declan Rice is expected to be paired up with former Juventus man Angelo Ogbonna and Englishman Aaron Cresswell.
They are without a win in their final away game of a Premier League season since 2011-12, when they beat Sunderland.
"We need a point to finish second", stated Mourinho. The 65-year-old, who has been working in China with Hebei China Fortune, won the title with Manchester City.
Agents are working hard to drive up demand for their players, journalists pushing various agendas, too.
"In terms of injuries, [Romelu] Lukaku and [Marouane] Fellaini are the two players that are not available for tomorrow".
"We have always said we will talk after the end of the season so we will wait until then", Moyes told the media on Wednesday. "His family asked for privacy and that is what I am going to respect".
Then the transfer activity should start. Wholesale changes, especially under Louis van Gaal, saw United regress rather than improve. And the attack will likely be spearheaded by Arnautovic.
Thursday night's game at the London Stadium game means little.
Last time against West Ham, was the first game of the seaon in which United aimed to set a precedent for the season with a 4-0 win with a brace from Lukaku and late goals from Martial and Pogba which put them to the top of the table. Carrick, who has an autobiography out in the autumn, has enjoyed a superb career at West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur and United. Jose will want to show off his players' abilities and start them against West Ham. "When you find one you have to value and keep".
Mourinho was reluctant to go into detail but did say the club are optimistic Ferguson will make a full recovery. Manchester United are [2.98] to win half-time/full-time. Manchester United have won 45. I chose not to.