Manchester United are still trying to find their feet under Mourinho in his third season which has been very much a case of "one step forward; two steps back".
And Mourinho is remaining upbeat despite feeling a complicated upcoming fixture list will present challenges for United in the coming weeks.
"We estimate that by around 10pm this evening, [Paul Pogba] will move on to the stutter-steps stage", a Manchester United statement to FourFourTwo reads.
"With the points we have accumulated so far even if we lose to Man United, people might think, "It's OK, they have had a good start to the season", but we don't see it like that". "When you are top four, and I believe we are going to be, you can look up and see the distance, look at the fixtures and the calendar and the situation".
After finishing second last season, United are now eighth in the Premier League table and have won just six of their 14 games in all competitions.
After ten games last season, the Cherries had just seven points, 12 fewer than their current total after ten, and they're not just outscoring their opponents, they're also conceding fewer.More news: Turkey says Jamal Khashoggi was immediately strangled in Saudi consulate
United are plotting structural changes to improve the way they recruit players which could mean the appointment of a technical director in the future.
Presuming that United will be awarded at least one penalty against Bournemouth, Pogba will carefully place a match ball on the spot at around 6pm this evening, glare moodily at the space where the goalkeeper will stand, turn slowly, and start his run-up. Now we have a double fixture away: Bournemouth and Manchester City.
United face Manchester City on November 11, live on Sky Sports, before games against Arsenal and Liverpool in December.
"I think in this moment we have to focus on ourselves and to do better or get better results", the Portuguese explained.
The Belgium star was dropped to the bench in the Red Devils' win against Everton last weekend, but Francis says his side won't be underestimating the capabilities of the 25-year-old on Saturday. How many players are having these kind of opportunities to develop their potential? "Last week was an effort from them to be available to help the team".