Louis van Gaal’s side put up something of a fight against Jurgen Klopp’s men but lacked the quality to seriously trouble the Merseyside outfit on the night.
After the match - which Liverpool won 3-1 on aggregate - Scholes blasted Van Gaal’s decision to sell Danny Welbeck towards the beginning of his tenure at Old Trafford, claiming the Arsenal forward would ‘walk’ into United’s current starting line-up.
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Speaking about the players Van Gaal should have kept, Scholes said live on BT Sport: “Welbeck’s the biggest example. He should never, ever been allowed to leave this club.
“He’s a big example of what Manchester United are. He was here from nine years of age and came right through to the first team.
“He’s quick, he’s strong, can score a goal, can make a goal, play left wing, right wing, centre-forward… he’d walk into this team now without a shadow of a doubt.
“He’s just been allowed to go. Whether that’s come from the manager or beyond the manager’s dealings, I don’t know - I'm pretty sure it did come from the manager. But it should never have been allowed to happen.”
Video: Paul Scholes on Welbeck
The reason why Van Gaal sold Welbeck
Shortly after selling Welbeck to Arsenal, Van Gaal explained that he sold the England international because his goalscoring record paled in comparison to that of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez.
“I have given all the players a chance to convince me of their qualities,” the veteran Dutch coach was quoted as saying by the Guardian in September 2014. “Yes, Danny Welbeck was here from when he was nine. He has played, after [his 2010-11 loan at] Sunderland, three seasons at Manchester United but he doesn’t have the record of [Robin] Van Persie or [Wayne] Rooney and that is the standard. That is why we let him go – because of Falcao but also the youngsters who can fit in.”
Van Persie and Falcao both left at the end of the 2014-15 season, however, following dismal individual campaigns with the Red Devils. Rooney, meanwhile, has failed to perform on a consistent basis following Van Gaal’s arrival - despite his status as club captain.
Welbeck crucial in Arsenal's title run-in
Welbeck has missed many months since joining Arsenal because of injury but returned to action last month in the top-of-the-table clash against Leicester City.
The 25-year-old scored the winning goal injury time, heading in Mesut Ozil’s free-kick, and that moment could still yet prove significant in the title race.
Leicester now lead third-placed Arsenal by 11 points; however, with a game in hand and a further eight matches left to play before the end of the season, the Gunners still have everything to play for.
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