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Published: 12:19 | 12/3/16

United lack leadership - Scholes

Former star slams current generation

Paul Scholes believes that a lack of 'leaders' is hindering Manchester United's progress.

Louis van Gaal's troops were beaten 2-0 at Anfield on Thursday night in the first leg of their Europa League showdown with Liverpool.

In the race for Champions League qualification, United are three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, having played a game more.

"I don't think there are many real leaders in there," Scholes told the Daily Mail ahead of United's FA Cup quarter-final clash against West Ham on Sunday. "Chris Smalling? The goalkeeper (David de Gea)?

"They possibly could be captains but are they real Manchester United captains? How is Juan Mata captain? He's a good player and had a good month, but captain of Manchester United?"

Scholes also criticised the selection of Marouane Fellaini, who struggled at Anfield.

"Fellaini isn't someone you can play through," continued the former England midfielder, who enjoyed a vast array of successes at Old Trafford.

"He played (against Liverpool) for one reason: so they could smash the ball up to him and didn't have to play through midfield.

"If you play Fellaini, you can only play one way - you have to smash it up to him. That isn't Manchester United. That should never, ever be Manchester United. But, where we are, it is."

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