Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has described the team’s performance against Liverpool as ‘shambolic’ following their lackluster 2-0 loss in the first leg of the Europa Cup round of 16 encounter.
The Red Devils fell to goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino on a night goalkeeper David de Gea was the only bright spot in the team as his brilliance prevented a goals feast for the home side.
The mute look on former boss, Sir Alex Ferguson who was in the stand sums it all up and Scholes believes that the standards set over the years of success at the club are not being met by the current crop of players.
“United were a shambles. At 2-0 they’re still in the game, but when you’re at Man Utd I think there are certain standards you have to live up to, and I think they’re falling well short,” he told BT Sport.
“When we were coming through as players we had great examples in [Bryan] Robson, [Roy] Keane, [Paul] Ince, [Steve] Bruce setting standards, and when we came through we had to live up to those standards and hopefully take the club on.
“When we were playing we set standards for these players. [Sir Alex Ferguson] set standards for David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, and every single one of them have fallen short of the standards that should be set.”
Manchester United will have a chance to play themselves back into the competition when they host the second leg at Old Trafford next Thursday.