Paul Scholes has laid into Manchester United, criticising their lack of “identity” and claiming the club is going in “the wrong way”.
The result leaves Louis van Gaal’s side having to overcome a two-goal deficit in the return leg of the Europa League round of 16 tie, and Scholes was rather critical of his former side after the match.
“They were a shambles,” Scholes told BT Sport. “The lack of quality and fight…when you are United, there are certain standards you have to be at, and they haven’t made them. When we were playing we were reaching them. These players are falling well short.
“The worst thing is these players now apologising on Twitter and Facebook. Just get out there and play! These players that have come in for £300million are no better than the players that have been allowed to leave the club.
“For 20 years Manchester United had an identity. You were going to play fast football, going to pass the ball forward, tackle, run. The last three years they have gone away from something that worked.
“You look at the pitch tonight and what are they trying to do? I have absolutely no idea. The first half was shocking, the second half they go to three at the back, which they tried last season and was a disaster, and tonight again it was a disaster.
“You bring on Michael Carrick to play centre midfield. He (Van Gaal) sticks him in the middle of a back three. Where’s this club going at the minute? They are going the wrong way.”