Yerry Mina, Toby Alderweireld, and Harry Maguire were all linked with a move to Old Trafford, but nothing marterialised, with the fees being way too high.
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.
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.
'So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches.
Chelsea let the Serbian defensive midfielder leave for £35m last summer - and he enjoyed a remarkably consistent debut season at Old Trafford.
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Mourinho splashed out £89m in 2016 to make the Frenchman United's club-record signing.
United's top brass want to follow City by "developing young talents instead of going for big-money older stars" that Mourinho prefers.
The move was created to ease disruption in the first few weeks of the campaign after a number of high-profile players, including Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk, missed matches at the start of last season due to transfer speculation.
"The captain is [Antonio] Valencia".
The result? A Manchester United victory.
What lies ahead for Jose and United?
Fans have been disappointed in the owner's apparent refusal to seriously back their manager as Mourinho had made it clear how many players he wanted to bring in.