Scholes Blasts Man United after Liverpool Loss

Manchester United were “shambolic” and had no plan during their 2-0 Europa League defeat at Liverpool, says former United midfielder Paul Scholes.

Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino scored, with only keeper David de Gea preventing a heavier first-leg loss.

Scholes, who made 718 appearances for United, told BT Sport that the Old Trafford 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.

The second leg of the last-16 tie takes place at Old Trafford next Thursday.

Spurs overwhelmed

Also winning big on the night were Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund who all but confirmed their progress to the last 8 with a 3-0 home defeat of Tottenham. With seven alterations, Spurs struggled to contain the hosts and were fortunate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s header was the only difference at half-time.

Gonzalo Castro hit the post before Marco Reus rifled in at the back post.

Son Hueng-min had a penalty appeal turned down but Reus then scored a half-volley after a flowing move.

Tottenham’s heaviest defeat of the season leaves them a mountain to climb against a Dortmund team who must be considered one of the favourites to win the Europa League this season.

Summary Results:

Villarreal 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Athletic Club 1-0 Valencia

Liverpool 2-0 Man United

Sparta Praha 1-1 Lazio

Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Anderlecht

Basel 0-0 Sevilla

Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Tottenham

Fenerbahçe 1-0 Sporting Braga

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