But Mourinho was again left questioning the attitude of his players after what was a thoroughly deserved point for Wolves, who could have left with all three.
"I think good results, good performances, they make miracles and bad results and bad performances, they make you look more exhausted, more upset, more ugly, more everything", Mourinho said. I think Wolves played how I like to play which is like a World Cup final. That is the attitude I like my teams to have in every match. "They deserve the point and I think we deserve the punishment of only one point".
That form has lifted United ahead of tonight's clash against Wolves, yet growing optimism is underpinned by the manager's sustained belief - first uttered in pre-season as transfer frustration grew - that this will be a tough campaign.
The Chilean started because he did not play in the Uefa Champions League win at Young Boys on Wednesday.
"They had a good team, and they has some experienced players and some young players too".
They [Wolves] were fresh as they didn't play in midweek.
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Mourinho's side go into the weekend six points behind leaders Chelsea, having lost two of their opening five matches, at Brighton and at home to Tottenham. He did say that it could be a mental situation and said that now they have to reflect on the issue and play future games with more intensity as there was only one team to play the game of their lives, the other to relax. This is something you learn when you're a kid in the academy.
In fact, they should have been in front before Fred opened the scoring on 18 minutes with United goalkeeper David de Gea forced to make...
"That's a basic law of football, you have to play with the maximum of your potential, with the maximum of your focus".
It's understood that Pogba remains Barcelona's number one target but Herrera is very much on the club's radar.
- Wolves have avoided defeat at Old Trafford against Manchester United in all competitions for the first time since November 1980, stopping a run of eight successive losses.
"Everyone is disappointed. We know we can do better".