Former Red Devils midfielder Scholes was critical of the team’s performances this season following the goalless draw against Southampton, while also questioning the fitness and commitment of Paul Pogba.
However, with United kicking off the New Year with a 2-0 win at Everton on Monday, Mourinho has been quick to respond to Scholes’ criticisms.
"I think the only thing Paul Scholes does is to criticise. I don't think he comments, I think he criticises, which is a different thing, but not every one of us has to be phenomenal, like he was as a player," said Mourinho.
"He was a phenomenal player, that doesn't mean that we all have to be phenomenal. Paul (Pogba) tries to do his best all the time. Sometimes he plays very well, sometimes he plays well, and sometimes he does not play so well.
"It is not Paul's fault that he made much more money than Paul Scholes. It is not Paul Pogba's fault, it's just the way football is.
"But I think Scholesy will be in the history like a phenomenal player, not as a pundit. So I prefer to look at him as a phenomenal player who gave so much to the club I am proud to represent and every day I try to do my best."