Paul Scholes has praised Manchester United’s summer transfer window, comparing it favourably to previous seasons under different management.
United signed just four players this summer, but spent more than every club except for Manchester City.
A world-record move for Paul Pogba, expensive deals for Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and a move for free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic is already paying dividends in the Premier League, where they have won three games from three.
Scholes believes that Mourinho opted not to take risks this summer, whereas his predecessors, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, failed in that regard.
“The quality of the players he (Mourinho) has brought in, that’s the biggest difference,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“The previous managers took a risk by playing some players that could have worked but probably didn’t work as well as they should have done.
“But he brought in ready made players. That was what was needed, ready made players for the Premier League.
“It wasn’t the right time for Mourinho to take risks.
“That winning mentality, like I say, Mourinho couldn’t afford to take that risk. These players are not a risk, they are winners.
“Every player has started the season well. There has been confidence brought to the team. It gives you a massive lift when you sign big players like Pogba and Ibra.
“It gives you a massive lift all-round the dressing room and your performance has to live up to what they expect and I think Untied players have done that so far.”