Deep into injury-time, Wayne Rooney past Hull full back Ahmed Elmohamady and played in a low cross that was a simple tap-in for Marcus Rashford to score to give United a vital three points in their quest to become champions.
The style of the win was reminiscent of life under Sir Alex Ferguson, whose teams notoriously scored late goals to secure victory.
And Mourinho has taken it as a compliment to be likened to United’s most successful manager of all time.
“[Sir Alex Ferguson is] such a legend in the club and I’m more than happy to say that we won in ‘Fergie Time’.
‘I’m more than happy with that.’
“I know when we score late people will speak about a bit of luck but the reality is we deserved it, especially in the second half.
“We were so dominant, so intense in our rhythm and our attacking wave and I always believed the goal would arrive.”
It is the first time that United have won their opening three league games since 2011-12 when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge. Now it’s Jose time, but the result is still the same – United can win late.
“”Our objective is only one – to be champions. If at the end of the season we finish second, third or fourth it’s because someone is better than us, if you finish fifth or sixth it’s because we were not good enough.
“You have to play to win every game. If we don’t win, we don’t win, but the mentality is there and the boys are giving everything .
“It’s amazing when I look to my side and I see the people on the bench suffering with us and then jumping for the goal.
“It’s a privilege for me to work with these guys.”
With United’s new stars still adjusting to life in the Premier League, Mourinho has to be delighted to be heading into the international break with 9 points. Mourinho’s side are already 4 points ahead of Spurs and 5 points ahead of both Arsenal and Liverpool.
So it is the international break for United, who come back to a little match called the Manchester Derby on September 10. Its too early to call it a title decider, but whoever wins that day at Old Trafford will become strong favorites to win the title.