Video - Paul Scholes rips into "depressing" Man Utd

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rooney's late penalty won it for United
Rooney's late penalty won it for United

Manchester United turned in another dire performance as they beat Sheffield United 1-0 in the FA Cup with a last minute Wayne Rooney penalty, yet the performance piled the pressure on boss Louis van Gaal once again.

Van Gaal offered a stout defence of his team on a night when they failed to get a shot on target until the 68th minute, with the ironic jeers of United fans not appearing to affect the mood of the club's manager.

As he laughed his way through his post match interview, Van Gaal did not appear to be a manager with any concerns, as he gave an upbeat version of events to BT Sport.

“I don’t think it was an escape. It’s always difficult to play against such an opponent. They had so many men behind the ball," he stated.

"You have to play with pace and with wingers. It was a little bit better in the second half, but not too much because they were very well organised.

"We win this match and that is the most important thing. The only thing that counts is we are in the next round.

"We have to do it better, we have to move the ball. We know that."

The United manager was not alone in trying to find a silver lining in the display of the home side at Old Trafford, with match winner Rooney also offering an upbeat message:

However, the attempts of the United manager and his skipper to paper over the cracks in their side's display were not endorsed by United great Paul Scholes, who offered up this cutting critique.

Scholes was equally savage with his half-time analysis that will not have amused Van Gaal: