But Scholes thinks United will be left in City's dust once again, while Liverpool could be more of a threat to the title.
Tottenham Hotspur became the first Premier League club since the summer transfer window began to fail to sign a single player but Mauricio Pochettino said he was happy for the club to "behave differently". Ivan Perisic, the Croatia worldwide, also featured prominently on Mourinho's wish list but it now seems that United's summer transfer business will be restricted to the arrivals of Fred, the injured Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, signed from Stoke City as a third-choice goalkeeper.
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool did reach they Champions League final, which they lost to Real Madrid, but Mourinho is still bristling over the perception of last season as a disappointment for United, who also lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea. It is time for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed.
United face Leicester in the Premier League's curtain-raiser on Friday (8pm).
"I said we would sign one or two, but the second one wasn't possible".
"So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches - maybe three matches because after Spurs (and Burnley on August 27 and September 1 respectively) there is (a) national team (break) and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better".
"It is hard to believe that we finished second because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners".
Asked if his tactics that were often criticised for being too negative last season are going to change, he said: 'The target is Leicester match. It is hard for me to understand we finish second. "In Championship Manager you can just press a button". The manager has to decide which way we play.
With so much business being done since the end of last season, it has been tough to keep track of who has gone where.
'I said during pre-season - it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane - but I repeat: pre-season is hard when you don't have your players to work, it's as simple as that'.