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.
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.
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