"We have to put ourselves in a position in the Premier League that allows us to fight for the title", said Mourinho, previewing a season where he thinks an improved attack that turns draws into wins will ultimately be the key to United competing at the top again.
The 36-year-old told United Review: "It is hard to say what our chances in the league are but we are setting out to be on top".
FORMER West Ham United striker, Brian Dear, believes the Hammers have a huge task on their hands when they open their Premier League campaign at Manchester United on Sunday. We are going to be playing against teams that are better teams than us.
The 35-year-old, who scored 28 goals for United last season, has been at the club during his rehabilitation and Mourinho said the Swede could feature in the second half of the season.
"I also understand that my club by doing 75% of what I initially asked, I think the club did very well so I don't think I am in a position of crying, moaning, and protesting".
Forster kept the third-most clean sheets in the Premier League last season, and with a generous opening fixture list which sees Southampton play just one of the top eight from last season until November, Forster will do very well.
Mourinho has spent over £150million this summer signing Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic and it was the performance of the former Chelsea midfielder which really caught Mourinho's eye against Real Madrid. The Arsenal manager should have left after winning the FA Cup at the end of last season.
Pressed on whether the Premier League crown has become more of a priority in 2017-18, Carrick added: "The league is special because it is such a tough division to win".
"Of course we tried to buy good defenders to defend the duels, good situations".
"The West Ham supporters I've spoken to are very happy with the new players". No, I'm just myself. "It depends on many other circumstances but we've tried to buy good defenders but also creative players and strikers to score more goals".
In the past two seasons, Chelsea and Leicester City have sacked their managers less than a year after winning the title.
"Arsenal and Everton are in the Europa League and they have to play Thursdays".