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Paul Scholes irks Louis van Gaal by calling Manchester United 'shambolic'

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Paul Scholes could be facing another war of words with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal after the club legend described their performance against Liverpool as a "shambles".

The former midfielder was in the BT Sport punditry box alongside Rio Ferdinand and Steve McMananman as Jurgen Klopp's men took a commanding lead in the two-legged Europa League tie.

While Liverpool were undoubtedly impressive and buoyed by a spectacular atmosphere from around Anfield, Scholes believes Manchester United were far from their best and deserved to lose.

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Goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino in either half saw the game turn in Liverpool's favour, but Scholes, who made 718 appearances for Manchester United, believes his former club "have certain standards and they have fallen well short".

Scholes' comments

He said:  "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.

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Don't end up like Arsenal

"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.

"I hope none of the players comes out saying sorry on Twitter. Stop talking on social media and start playing. The last thing I want for Manchester United is to be happy with finishing fourth and winning the FA Cup. That's what Arsenal do."

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Ferdinand's opinion

Ferdinand continued in much the same vein as his former team-mate, questioning the club's transfer policy in the last three summer windows. Naming several stars that have been shifted since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, Ferdinand wondered how many of them were better than United's current team.

"There's a list of players I've written down here; Di Maria, Nani, Evra, Welbeck, Chicharito, Evans, Fletcher, Raphael, Kagawa, I could go on," he told BT Sport.

"Are they worse than the players that were out there? They're better than that team out there, them players"

"That's the problem and that's why where I see here's been a shift in the past couple of years is's almost, well it has gone backwards, and that's the disappointing thing."

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Van Gaal's response

Van Gaal, naturally, was asked about the comment from Ferdinand and Scholes in his pre-match press conference, but the Dutchman was in no mood to entertain any other critique but his own.

"Is it important what Rio Ferdinand is saying, is that important to you?'' he responded when asked about what the two former England internationals had said. "You don't give your opinion and then you give Rio Ferdinand's opinion -- that is very strong of you."

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Topics:
Manchester United
Paul Scholes
Premier League
Europa League
Liverpool
Louis van Gaal
Football
Rio Ferdinand

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