Video - Scholes and Ferdinand rip into "shambolic" Man Utd

De Gea kept United in the tie at Anfield
De Gea kept United in the tie at Anfield

Manchester United legends Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes served up a withering attacking on Louis van Gaal and his players after their 2-0 Europa League defeat at Anfield.

Ferdinand and Scholes have been outspoken critics of Van Gaal and his tactics in recent months and they stepped up their attacks after witnessing a woeful United display at Anfield.

David De Gea's man of the match display kept the score down for United, but that did not cover over the cracks that were blasted by two United greats.

"The quality of play was shambolic. Lack of fight," said a clearly irate Scholes on BT Sport.

"I was worried when I saw the team-sheet. Young players playing for United that have potential, but where are the top players.

"You are taking about a team that has had £300m spent on it in three years. Look at the players we have let go. Are they any better than what we have let go? I don't think so.

"When we were coming through as players we had great examples in (Bryan) Robson, (Roy) Keane, (Paul) Ince and (Steve) Bruce setting standards, and when we came through we had to live up the standards and hopefully take the club on.

"When me and Rio, when we were playing, we set standards for these players, the manager set the standard for David Moyes, for Louis van Gaal, and every single one of them have fallen short of the standards that should be set.

"I thought the biggest difference there (was) Liverpool had a way of playing. United didn't have a clue what they were trying to do.

"For 20 years, United had an identity. The last three years they have gone away from that. What are they trying to do? I have no idea. It was a disaster."

Ferdinand was equally unforgiving, as he suggested United lacked organisation from start to finish.

"One word describes this....disjointed," said the former United centre-back. "There is no ideas, no identity. 

"The philosophy were are hearing about constantly, where is it? I can't see it. What idea are United playing to? 

"The defenders were dragged everywhere. No ideas, no communication. We could sit here all night and talk about what's wrong."

Ferdinand went on to list the players United have let go in recent seasons, as he argued Van Gaal had dragged the team back in his time at the club: