Scholes questions validity of emotional Rashford interview

Date published: Thursday 27th May 2021 8:24 - Will Ford

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Paul Scholes has criticised Marcus Rashford for his emotional interview after Manchester United’s Europa League final defeat to Villarreal.

United were well short of their best as they fell behind midway through the first half in Gdansk as Gerard Moreno diverted a free-kick home.

Edinson Cavani drew them level in an improved second half, but they failed to find a winner in normal or extra time, with the final going to penalties.

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All 22 players took a penalty, with United keeper David De Gea the only one to fail to convert.

After Geronimo Rulli smashed home his spot kick, he then dived to his left to palm De Gea’s shot wide to win the Europa League for the Spanish side.

Rashford was visibly upset on the final whistle and gave an emotional post-match interview, in which he insisted “we’re close”.

He said: “We will come back next season with more desire and hunger. We have to give 110%.

“I know in every club they don’t have this sacrifice. In the top clubs they do. That’s why they win trophies. We’re close, I promise we’re close.”

Paul Scholes disagreed with the United forward, claiming it “doesn’t feel like it’s close”.

“I think he spoke well but the time for speaking is done for me”, said Scholes. “It’s time to start showing. “When he says they are close, are they really that close?

“Beaten in the Europa League final by Villarreal, a place with a population of 50,000. Beat by them.

“Second in the league, fourteen points behind Manchester City. Doesn’t feel like it’s close.”

By the time next season finishes, United will have gone five years without winning a major trophy.

Their last honour came in 2017 when Jose Mourinho guided the club to Europa League final victory over Ajax.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told BT Sport after the game that it is vital that learn from this cup final defeat.

He said: “It’s quiet, a disappointed dressing room. That’s football for you. Sometimes it’s decided on one kick – and that’s the difference between winning and losing.

“We have to learn from that one, not savour this feeling but taste this feeling and make sure we don’t get it again.


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