Manchester United “didn’t have a clue” against Liverpool


Former Manchester United midfielder and now outspoken critic of Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal, Paul Scholes says that his former club lacked any plan and were “shambolic” during their 2-0 loss in the Europa League to Liverpool last night at Anfield.

Liverpool scored two goals thanks to Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino, but the loss could have been far greater if it were not for the goalkeeping heroics of Spaniard David de Gea whose quick reactions saved the visitors further embarrassment on a number of occasions.

Speaking after the match on BT Sport Scholes said that his former club “have certain standards and they have fallen well short”.

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

“Manchester United should be competing to win the Premier League and Champions League every season,” said Scholes.

“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.”

United now face a tough task when the two teams meet for the second leg at Old Trafford Thursday, knowing that the lack of scoring an away goal could be the difference between moving on in the competition or seeing their last hope of Champions League football next season disappear.