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Published: 08:54 | 11/3/16

Scholes blasts 'shambolic' United

Paul Scholes has branded Manchester United as 'shambolic' after his former side were beaten 2-0 in the Europa League by Liverpool.

Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino scored to give the Reds a big lead heading into the second leg at Old Trafford on March 17, although the winning margin could have been greater had it not been for the heroics of goalkeeper David De Gea.

United struggled to create any genuine scoring opportunities and Scholes did not hold back in his criticism of his former side.

“United were a shambles. When you are at Man Utd there are certain standards to live up to and I think they are falling well short," Scholes told BT Sport. "When we were coming through there were great examples in Robson, Keane, Ince and Bruce setting standards, and we had to live up to those standards.

"When we played we were setting standards for these players, the manager set standards for David Moyes and Louis van Gaal and every single one of them has fallen short.

"The last thing I want to see is United being happy with finishing fourth and winning the FA Cup. Arsenal do that.

“You have to show some kind of fight and we didn’t see that. The cohesion and the patterns of play was non-existent today."

Rio Ferdinand also questioned United's lack of fighting spirit during the tie but manager Louis van Gaal was in no mood to listen to the criticism of former United players.

“You use Rio’s opinion? Very strong of you. I give my opinion,” he replied when asked about Ferdinand's criticism.

"We did not cope with the high pressure of Liverpool. We expected the pressure. For me it was a surprise we did not cope because they did it the same way in the home match this year.

"They give a lot of pressure and it raised the atmosphere in the stadium. They created good chances but we have a very good goalkeeper and because of that we were in a match.

"Liverpool created an atmosphere that was fantastic. They played well and we could not cope with that pressure."

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