"I love, love, love this energy and desire - that it's not enough to be fourth in the World Cup or second or third in the Premier League".
Players like Ruben Neves - a record purchase for both the club and the division - Diogo Jota, and Leo Bonatini arrived and thrived at Molineux as the club pushed everyone out of their way on route to promotion.
"I will focus on the players that are available, so I am not even thinking about that list of injured players I gave you, (Nemanja) Matic, (Antonio) Valencia and so on". I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane. The World Cup changed the mind of everyone.
Sources said Mourinho is still keen to sign Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich, despite reports in Germany that the 29-year-old does not want to move to Old Trafford and would prefer to go to Paris Saint-Germain.
Although the west Londoners have made a number of excellent signings, Tottenham's main man scored four times against the promoted clubs last season and will fancy his chances of finding the net against the Cottagers.
"I am happy with the squad, happy with the players". It is hard for me to understand we finish second.
Toby Alderweireld will be the quality addition to the team and the deal will be best for all the concerned party with player unhappy with the team on his lack of playing time.
Neville does pause before forcing "Liverpool" out of his mouth when listing contenders, but believes that they need to have sloughed off the distraction of Europe before Christmas if they are to truly challenge.
A fourth successive top-four finish would represent a good outcome for Spurs, but they will be under pressure from Chelsea and Arsenal who finished fifth and sixth a year ago, while big-spending West Ham could push for a top-six finish. The players with a proper pre-season, they are fit and they are strong.
United kick off the Premier League tomorrow against Leicester, for whom Harry Maguire will feature alongside former United defender Jonny Evans in central defence. The fight for the top four has never been tougher and with Chelsea and Arsenal sure to be better than they were last season, that race is surely only going to get tougher.