Jose Mourinho hails Jorge Mendes impact at Wolverhampton Wanderers

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It's going to be hard.

Mourinho said his team will find it tough to top the 81 points they collected last term - their best return since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

'For sure, a hard season, ' said the United manager ahead of Saturday's clash with Wolves at Old Trafford. "We have to do and give our best, improve the team, always thinking that the team is first and I like to be always in the starting team, but if sometimes I am going to be on the bench it is OK".

"He has recovered totally and Tuesday he plays again but he showed for the ones that don't know him very, very well he is not a player to be here just on formation, he is a player to be here for positions".

Mourinho believes his team will be better this campaign than they were last, when they finished a distant second to Manchester City. All of them, they can say the same thing.

And Jimenez is aiming to help Wolves earn a third straight win by increasing his tally against Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.

The Chile worldwide is yet to score in four games this season and has managed just three in 22 games since arriving from Arsenal.

"Sanchez plays because Martial played 90 minutes [against Young Boys] and Sanchez played zero", said Mourinho.

And Jimenez says competition among the squad is strong, which is helping the players to perform well on the pitch.

Nuno, who has also coached Valencia and Porto, said this bold approach will continue at Old Trafford, where Wolves are looking for their first win in 38 years.

Asked if he spoke to Mendes about Wolves, Mourinho said: "No, I haven't spoken with him for quite a long time to be honest, but when we speak we don't speak about my job or his job".

"I bet he is a really nice guy but I wonder if he treats football as a bit of a joke".

"A team that yesterday looked very bad, today looks very good and yesterday looked very good, today looks very bad".

"I think the team is more compact, more solid".

"It's more about the moment and the momentum is very important in the positive and negative way".

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