Paul Scholes explains the difference between Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal

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Jose Mourinho has arrived at Manchester United and breathed new life into the club.

A Community Shield in the trophy room and three wins from three in the Premier League, it’s a good time to be a United fan.

One man who is revelling in the club’s early success is United legend Paul Scholes, who is probably quite glad that he’s no longer ripping his former team to shreds on Sky Sports each week.

As a pundit, it was no doubt excruciating for Scholes to lay into United during their miserable three-year run under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal. It made for tough, yet entertaining, viewing.

But with the club joint-top of the league and on their way back to becoming a force to be reckoned with, Scholes has only positive things to say about the Red Devils these days.

"Quality" signings

Speaking to Sky Sports, the former England midfielder hailed Mourinho’s “ready made” signings, adding that the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic will greatly benefit Marcus Rashford.

United also signed Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba. Adding such quality is what separates Mourinho from his predecessors, according to Scholes.

"The quality of the players he (Mourinho) has brought in, that's the biggest difference,” the 41-year-old said.

"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 [Mourinho] 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."

A+ summer

Moyes and Van Gaal were both criticised for their signings, the Dutchman especially. Marcos Rojo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay, Victor Valdes and Angel di Maria were all brought to Old Trafford by Van Gaal - the latter two have since left the club while the former three have accumulated one minute of league football between them this season.

To be fair, Mourinho couldn’t do much worse. However, he should be credited for his summer business; Bailly looks a brilliant find, while Ibrahimovic has hit the ground running with four goals in as many games.

"United have always had that type of player with a presence and that arrogance where they expect to win,” Scholes continued.

"Ibrahimovic, wherever he has been, has won the league. Pogba, with Juventus, the last three years he's been close to winning the Champions League and I think they won the league title every year.”

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