All six of the Portugal playmaker's goals last season in the second tier were scored from outside the penalty area, and he picked up where he had left off in the Premier League.
Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant all arrived at United by early July, but nobody has followed despite Mourinho's explicit desire to bring in two more players.
Fabinho and Naby Keita (below) will add extra dynamism and depth to the midfield, while Xherdan Shaqiri offers better back-up to the prolific front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. We knew it was going to be hard because some of us, including myself, didn't have any pre-season games.
United is further hamstrung with a host of key players, including Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, who were involved in the later stages of the World Cup, limiting their preseason preparations.
After a prolonged delay, Ruben Neves stepped up to fire home a fine free-kick, although England's World Cup hero, Jordan Pickford, arguably should have done better. "Like all the other players we sign it's not because they are [worth] more or less money". No one fancied us to go up and it's always nice to prove people wrong.
"Nobody is consistent with 11 players".
"We are working on the possibility to work with Ainsley, who has experience in this [left-back] position".
The Premier League's highest-spending clubs were Liverpool (£165m), Chelsea (£120m), Fulham (£105m) and Leicester City (£100m), representing around 40% of the aggregate gross player transfer expenditure by Premier League clubs.
"Since nine years, every season - except the first when I arrived at Barcelona".
City will commence their title defence on Sunday with against Unai Emery's Arsenal at the Emirates.
There's also a new name in the dugout, with Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri taking charge of his first top flight match as Blues boss away at Huddersfield.
Real Madrid was already pursuing the Belgium goalkeeper before striking the 35 million euro fee with Chelsea. Striker Harry Kane committed his future to Tottenham before heading to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation and finishing as the top-scorer as England reached the semi-finals.