I don't like the way the game has gone in terms of the mega-spending on average players, but Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain last summer inflated the market to ridiculous levels and it means that fourth choice left-backs are now worth £20m.
'My view is that first of all it's hard for me to believe we finished second, ' said Mourinho of last season.
"So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to this first couple of matches, maybe four matches because after Burnley there is national team and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better, is to focus on players available so I'm not thinking about that list I give you, I focus on what we have".
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.
"I asked Pep directly, Premier League or Champions League?"
I think they know they're not really going to be seen as a great team and that Pep is not going to be seen as someone that has dominated English football if he doesn't win two in two or three in three.
Klopp has spent heavily in the summer following the additions of AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho, RB Leipzig star Naby Keita, Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri and AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
Wright continued: 'Liverpool proved last season that they are City's kryptonite, beating them three times - and they've strengthened better than anyone this summer. We spoke to Kompany and Walker and they seem so intent to not drop below the mentality and standards they achieved a year ago. I do think they have one over on City.
United's boss, about to begin his third season at the helm at Old Trafford, has cut a disgruntled figure during the summer, apparently unhappy with the club's transfer window activity.
In spite of the pall of gloom settling around his old club, Neville reckons that United should be expected to challenge for the title.
"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". That's an obscene amount of talent.
Both clubs finished below United last season in the Premier League yet Mourinho claims they are projected as "serial winners" despite failing to land a trophy since 2012 and 2008 respectively. Obscene. In midfield, they've got Matic, Fred and Pogba. Valencia - he was injured in pre-season.