Paul Scholes Slams ‘Shambolic’ Manchester United For Defeat To Liverpool

Paul Scholes Slams Shambolic Manchester United

Manchester United were “shambolic” and had no plan during their 2-0 Europa League defeat at Liverpool, says former midfielder Paul Scholes.

Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino scored and only keeper David de Gea prevented a heavier first-leg loss.

After United had just one shot on target in the last-16 tie, Scholes told BT Sport: “They have certain standards and they have fallen well short.

“Liverpool had a way of playing. United didn’t have a clue.”

Louis van Gaal’s side are sixth in the Premier League, three points off the top four, as they chase Champions League qualification for next season and face a tough task against West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

“Manchester United should be competing to win the Premier League and Champions League every season,” said Scholes, who made 718 appearances for the Old Trafford club.

“They have spent £300m and they are sixth in the league. They have ended up in the Europa League after failing in a poor Champions League group. They should be competing with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

“I hope none of the players comes out saying sorry on Twitter. Stop talking on social media and start playing.

“The last thing I want for Manchester United is to be happy with finishing fourth and winning the FA Cup. That’s what Arsenal do.”

Manchester United had won all four of their previous games against Liverpool under Van Gaal but rarely looked like beating them on Thursday.

The Dutchman felt the goals his side conceded were “cheap” but accepted they could not handle Liverpool’s pressing game.

“It was a surprise that we did not cope with it,” he said.

“In the second half we tried to press like Liverpool. They had difficulties but we did not create too many chances.”

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