Manchester United legend Paul Scholes hailed the signing of Nemanja Matic and questioned why Chelsea let him go.
Scholes hopes Matic’s aggression and discipline in midfield will give Mourinho’s attacking stars the freedom to express themselves.
The Serbian made his competitive debut for United in their UEFA Super Cup loss to Real Madrid on Tuesday night.
“I really like the Matic signing,” said Scholes on BT Sport’s telecast of the game.
“That was one that surprised me, it makes you wonder ‘why did Chelsea sell him?’.
“He brings aggression to United’s midfield, which is something they’ve been lacking.
“He’s very similar to Carrick as a midfielder, but what he brings that Michael doesn’t is a little bit of aggression.
“He gets the ball, he tackles, he allows others to play – you saw that with Chelsea.”