Mourinho has outlined his 2020 vision for Manchester United as he plans to guide the club to a position where they are challenging on all fronts within two years.
The Portuguese watched on at Wembley on Wednesday as his side were comprehensively outplayed in a 2-0 loss to Tottenham, who opened the scoring inside 11 seconds through Christian Eriksen.
Phil Jones' calamitous own goal shortly before the half-hour had United chasing the game and they were unable to turn the tide as Manchester City opened up a 15-point lead atop the Premier League thanks to their 3-0 win over West Brom.
That gulf may have some United fans worried about a period of City dominance under Pep Guardiola, but his old adversary Mourinho, when asked where he sees his side in 2020, responded in typically bullish fashion.
"Better than now," he told BT Sport. "Fighting for what we are fighting for now but with different ammunition.
"I see us being real contenders for everything, that's the level we want to achieve."