"But this season is different because I started playing well and the connection and understanding with other players, especially [Romelu] Lukaku, is great and I hope we can score many goals in the coming games".
Mourinho claimed Fellaini was "lucky" he was not injured for longer, but that he doesn't expect the Belgian global to be out for long, on account of the upcoming worldwide break and his country's qualification for the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup Russia.
Meanwhile, CSKA Moscow are sitting third in Russian Federation, four points behind leaders Zenit, already losing threetimes from the 11 games they have played.
The United boss admonished his side after the 3-0 win over Basel earlier this month in their opening Champions League match, claiming they stopped being professional having gone 2-0 up early in the second half. "Hopefully he'll be back for us".
CSKA manager Viktor Goncharenko played down the significance of United's absentees, but he thinks his side can cause Mourinho's men problems.
United have met CSKA on four previous occasions in the Champions League group stage, winning twice and drawing twice during the 2009/10 and 2015/16 seasons. They've got to achieve things - they've got to win the Premier League again for a start [something United last did in 2013].
Rooney reception leaves Mata proud of Manchester United fans
He has fallen down the pecking order and is behind Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini for a place in midfield. They were unfortunate to lose by four goals, though, with a spirited second-half performance worth more at least a point.
Turkey to discuss response to Kurdish independence vote
Iran and Turkey both have sizeable Kurdish populations of their own and fear the vote will stoke separatist aspirations at home. Last Monday, the Turkish army launched a highly visible military drill near the Habur border crossing to Iraq.