Paul Scholes pours out emotion after Man Utd’s exit from the Europa League – “It’s been an absolute disaster”

Manchester United European dreams ended following a sobering 3-0 Europa League quarter-final second-leg loss to Sevilla.

Manchester United suffered a disappointing defeat as they were knocked out by Sevilla in the quarter-finals of the Europa League with Paul Scholes expressing his regret about the team’s performance.

Sevilla who have won the competition six times secured a 5-2 aggregate victory after a 3-0 win in the second leg having drawn the first leg 2-2 at Old Trafford but defensive mistakes proved costly for Erik ten Hag’s side.

Scholes told BT Sport: “I’d say that the tie should have been done after the first half of the first leg”.

“If you look at the two games, the two own goals they gave away in the first leg and the two calamitous goals tonight, it’s been an absolute disaster of a quarter-final.”
“We always mention the history of this club; I still feel Manchester United are a better team than Sevilla, but tonight they were outfought and outplayed, lacked the ability to take the ball and were sloppy.”
“They lacked aggression in their own play. You turn to experienced players on nights like this to try and get some leadership from them. (Lisandro) Martinez missing tonight was a big miss, as was Varane, but you still expected  Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire to come in with great experience to be good enough.”
“Tonight, they weren’t and it’s made Ten Hag make his mind up on a few of these players.”
“David de Gea has been a fantastic goalkeeper, but he’s not a fantastic footballer,” he added.
“It’s not a bad pass and I know Harry Maguire wanted it, but you have to read the situation and what’s going on in the stadium. I don’t know why he wants the ball.”
“I’d say there’s one centre-half in world football who is good at receiving the ball with his back to play. They’re just uncomfortable.”
“Regardless of the manager wanting you to play, just read the situation. Read the atmosphere of what’s going on. It’s not a place for that. They fell into the trap of playing those passes, because Sevilla were so aggressive in getting to the ball.”

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