Paul Scholes has labelled Manchester United “a shambles” and lamented the under-performing players for apologising on social media.
United were soundly beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in the Europa League last-16, second-leg clash at Anfield on Thursday, with Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino on target for the dominant hosts and had David de Gea not been in top form it would have been a heavier defeat.
The result leaves Louis van Gaal’s men having to overcome a two-goal deficit in the return leg and Scholes was scathing in his synopsis.
“They were a shambles,” Scholes told BT Sport. “The lack of quality and fight…when you are United, there are certain standards you have to be at, and they haven’t made them. When we were playing we were reaching them. These players are falling well short.
“The worst thing is these players now apologising on Twitter and Facebook. Just get out there and play! These players that have come in for £300million are no better than the players that have been allowed to leave the club.
“For 20 years Manchester United had an identity. You were going to play fast football, going to pass the ball forward, tackle, run. The last three years they have gone away from something that worked.
“You look at the pitch tonight and what are they trying to do? I have absolutely no idea. The first half was shocking, the second half they go to three at the back, which they tried last season and was a disaster, and tonight again it was a disaster.
“You bring on Michael Carrick to play centre midfield. He (Van Gaal) sticks him in the middle of a back three. Where’s this club going at the minute? They are going the wrong way.”
Van Gaal’s response was sharp when he was asked about the pair’s comments.
“Is it important what Rio Ferdinand is saying, is that important to you?”
“You don’t give your opinion and then you give Rio Ferdinand’s opinion – that is very strong of you,” said the Dutchman.