The League Cup is in the bag and Manchester United are favourites to win the Europa League and therefore qualify for the Champions League.
They also go into today's match at Sunderland having gone 20 games without defeat in the Premier League.
But Jose Mourinho is far from satisfied, as United are only sixth in the league and he admitted this summer's transfer window is going to be crucial.
United will target Atletico Madrid's France striker Antoine Griezmann, 26, Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe, 18, and Benfica centre half Victor Lindelof, 22.
There have also been claims in Chile that United want Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez – but Mourinho was dismissive of that suggestion.
Jose Mourinho claimed he is "very far" from the team he wants at Manchester United
But he goes into today's match at the Stadium of Light stating: "You ask me how far away am I from having the team I want here – very far.
"The team we have now has been on an unbeatable run for 20 games, but just three more victories instead of draws – not four, five, six, seven or eight – would have made a big difference.
"Examples? A home draw with Bournemouth when we missed a penalty.
"Hull City – they crossed the halfway line once in 90 minutes, but it was 0-0.
"The pick one more out of so many. Then, we would be quite stable in the top four with two games in hand and challenging for second or third.
Manchester United are unbeaten in 20 games but are still outside of the top four
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"So what we have now is not bad at all, but we are in a bad situation in the league.
"We've won a cup, we are in the Europa League – the squad is not bad. Our football is not bad at all. Our mentality is very good.
"There are lots of good things, but to go back to your question – we are very far away.
"We've had one transfer window, then didn't use the second one. So we need this next transfer window again.
"We also need more time with the kids to take them to the next step.
"But we definitely need to improve in terms of our squad."
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Mourinho, meanwhile, points to two strikers who'll be on the pitch at Sunderland who prove that age is no barrier.
One is United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, and Sunderland's Jermain Defoe, 34.
Mourinho said: "I always say age is not important if your body condition is below that of your actual age.
"So a 40-year-old can be like a 30-year old, but 30 can also be 40.
"This guy Jermain is really fit, still fast in the first few metres and intuitive in his movement and shots.
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"He is like a child, even though he is 30-something. I had Javier Zanetti at Inter and he played in the Champions League final at 37 or 38.
"Look at the example of Zlatan here and you don't get a more-experienced striker than him.
"And Gareth McAuley at West Brom is 37 and like a boy.
"If you look at Zlatan, big clubs look at him, so why not with Jermain? He scores goals, doesn't get important injuries, so why not at the top level?
"One more season in the Premier League – I think so.
"It is difficult for big teams to win with young boys, even though you want to play them, because they are on a learning curve."
United will be without long-term injury victims Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney is again unavailable with ankle trouble and there is also a doubt about Ashley Young.