Paul Scholes feels Manchester United have a long way to go before they win another EPL title.
"It is hard for me to understand, we finish second which I keep saying, that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".
"There was never a need to change what Man United do - the formula is there and there was never a need of a new philosophy", the 43-year-old told Malay Mail at Resorts World Genting last month.
"I asked for five players and they did not bring me any".
He added: "There are ways to improve your team: one way is to spend a lot of money and to bring in lots of important players, another way is to work and that's the way we have to do it".
United fans can only dream of what might have been.
Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of the 2012/2013 season and since then three new faces have arrived - David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and Mourinho.
Manager Marco Silva was also expected to land Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on loan as he supplements an £80million summer spending spree at Goodison Park.
"I said that during preseason and it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat: Preseason is hard when you don't have your players to work, that's as simple as that".
"It is hard to believe that we finished second".
"They'll be very, very risky as far as Manchester City are concerned", he said.
Despite being critical of the club, Scholes is hoping the Red Devils get their campaign off to a ideal start when they face Leicester City at 3am tomorrow. The Guardian reports that Mourinho's wishlist was vetoed by United as there were concerns that "he should not be allowed to get his way if it meant potentially wasting tens of millions of pounds on a short-term fix".
The Ivorian worldwide was signed by Mourinho for £30m in 2016 and fans consider him to be the best centre-back at the club.