"17 years... in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester".
It is clear, though, that the seat is being kept warm for the five-time title-winner.
Mourinho selected a starting line-up that included Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick, who is making his 464th and final appearance for the club. Calm, intelligent and composed, he will make an excellent addition to the United technical team.
He said: "I will organise my coaching staff in a way where the assistant manager figure doesn't exist".
'I will have specific coaches, analysts and no assistant manager.
He will join up with the coaching staff at United however and aim to learn a lot from the experienced coaches and Jose Mourinho himself.
"I look forward to working with him".
"He's one of the best".
"We're going to have some success in the near future I'm certain of that", he assured supporters. I will never forget Luis Figo's last match at Inter Milan. It's an fantastic place to play football.
"On behalf of myself, a massive thank you to everyone for your support". They have the small matter of an FA Cup final date with Chelsea at Wembley to contend with.
Anthony Martial was omitted from the squad, despite Mourinho stating the France worldwide would be handed a starting berth in his pre-match, fuelling speculation the forward could leave the club in the summer. Some have always been waiting for this and have come to terms with selling him, but some are still angry to see such a talented player be wasted by Mourinho.
United haven't fared well since their top scorer got injured, having lost twice and won once in three Premier League games.
"He was injured in training yesterday", Mourinho added. "He had treatment in the morning at the training ground and he stayed away". "It's his knee", Mourinho told MUTV. Managerial changes have left the side unsure, and with only one win in the last nine games of the season, questions have to be asked about the side's mentality.
"Yes, I think so", was his brief assessment. However, I have felt for some time that I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life. I'm not sure if he can do it for 90 minutes, but even if he can, I will bring him off so he can come off on his own.