Matic, now 29 and standing an impressive 6ft 4in tall, wanted to join him in the Theatre of Dreams revolution.
The Portuguese tactician guided the Red Devils to their maiden UEFA Europa League crown in his first campaign, and will get his second underway with a Premier League test against West Ham United on Sunday.
Mourinho's mission is clear - to add to his three trophies captured in an impressive debut season at Old Trafford.
If reports are to be believed, Mourinho is still looking to sign one more player before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August and if they manage to acquire a versatile winger, they will a resemble a force that should easily challenge for the title. And I felt that there was no chance this could happen. It's not just for his qualities but my relation with him and the way I know him'.
He may need time, but make no mistake: writing off such a special talent now would be foolish. He's not a young guy who comes from another country.
In goal, David de Gea remains a steadfast presence and the Spaniard is one of the best keepers in the Premier League.
While United had to deal with playing regularly on Thursdays and Sundays on their way to winning the competition in Stockholm, Chelsea eased to the Premier League title with no European football to worry about - and neither did Liverpool, who took fourth spot as United finished sixth.
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"I understand the reality of the market, the numbers and my club by doing 75 per cent of what I asked, the club did well".
"Matic is Matic and that's something that I really like in a player". Or do I think I'm going to win it because I always win in the second season?
Mourinho told a news conference on Friday: "We have 25 percent left which means one of four - we got a central defender that can play many other positions which is very important".
But beneath the unsmiling eyes shone an optimism about the season which was hard to hide from the questioning media.
"We have had a better pre-season than past year and we have the confidence levels of a team that has won a European competition and returned to the Champions League".
'We are much better organised at every level.
"I just think naturally that a manger in the second season knows the players better, knows the club better". We are going to try to win the title.
The Champions League is obviously more hard. It's the only thing which I demand of myself.