Saturday marked the first match Mourinho managed for Manchester United - a 2-0 victory in a friendly game against Wigan - and the thing Mourinho talked about the most wasn't his team's performance.
Nevertheless, it is a sign of the strength in depth that Mourinho will have at his call this season that the starting line-up he selected still boasted summer signings Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, bought for a total of almost £60 million (71.7 million euros), and England left-back Luke Shaw, returning after 10 months out of action with a broken leg.
Andreas Pereira, another man who had come on for the second half, then rifled in another goal 10 minutes later.
The real pre-season business starts on tour in China this week, when United will have some of their Euro 2016 performers back and they will play Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City. They quickly showered the former Chelsea boss with support, chanting "Jose Mourinho" in a manner that had been heard so often at Stamford Bridge down the years, and at one point calling on the Portuguese to give them a wave.
Having had disappointing experiences with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, Woodward was present for what he will hope is the beginning of a bright new chapter.
Mkhitaryan lined up in the number 10 role behind James Wilson during the first half at the DW Stadium, before being replaced at the interval with the game scoreless.
Memphis, as he prefers to be called, would understandably want fans to forget how his first season at Manchester United went.
Mourinho added that he didn't need to analyse Bailly's performance too much, as the reception that the defender received from the United supporters when he was substituted said it all. "We are getting ready for the new season so we're trying to do everything that the coach is asking from us". A well worked free-kick found Ander Herrera, whose shot was blocked, but Andreas Pereira was on hand to thump home the rebound from 12-yards out.
And, in what will feel nearly like a new signing, the Wigan friendly could also see the return of left-back Luke Shaw.
The 27-year-old has already been hailed as a "top-class player" and "magnificent" by United manager, Jose Mourinho. While, Luke Shaw made his first appearance since his horrific leg break last season.