Manchester United suffered the indignity of losing a Europa League last 16 first leg last night.

Not only did Louis van Gaal’s side lose 2-0 to bitter rivals, Liverpool, they were absolutely terrible and kept in the tie by goalkeeper David De Gea. It was all rather amusing, with Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand left in the punditry box visibly fuming.

Scholes, in particular, was fed up and unleashed a bit of a rant where he slammed Arsenal and essentially said Manchester United can’t accept falling to our level.

 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: BT Sport presenter Paul Scholes looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on March 4, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Now a pundit for BT Sport, Scholes isn’t very happy with Manchester United’s current crop. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“When we played we were setting standards for these players, the manager set standards for David Moyes and Louis van Gaal and every single one of them has fallen short,” said the former United midfielder.

“The last thing I want to see is United being happy with finishing fourth and winning the FA Cup. Arsenal do that.”

Oh wow. Well, a few things:

  • Arsenal are still in the FA Cup and the top four yet fans are livid.
  • Arsenal have actually won the FA Cup twice in a row, you think that wouldn’t satisfy United fans right now?
  • Same applies for appearing in the Champions League.

As things stand, Manchester United won’t be in the Champions League next season. It will be the second time in three years. It’ll be three consecutive years without playing a Champions League knockout game.

Since winning the Premier League in 2011, the Red Devils have claimed the title one more time. No FA Cups, no League Cups, no threat of any success in Europe. Three managers, untold millions spent on players.

Arsenal are happy to win the FA Cup, but it isn’t enough for us. Nor is finishing in the top four, which we take for granted. We are always in the Champions League.

So, United are trailing Arsenal on all fronts for a third consecutive season. Sorry Paul, but right about now it seems your fans would be smart to be satisfied to be at the same level as Arsenal.

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