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Published: 11:29 | 3/9/16

Scholes lavishes praise on Mourinho


Paul Scholes has praised Jose Mourinho for how he has tackled the Manchester United job - and has stuck the boot into his predecessors.

The Portuguese succeeded Louis Van Gaal in May and wasted no time in stamping his authority over the playing squad at Old Trafford.

The ex-Chelsea boss was decisive in his pursuit of four players to strengthen the spine of the Utd team - signing Eric Bailly, Henrik Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and making Paul Pogba the most expensive player in football history - and Scholes believes this clear-sighted vision was lacking in Van Gaal and David Moyes.

“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.”

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