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UNITED CRASH OUT 'It's criminal' - Paul Scholes points accusing finger at Man United's fall guy as they crash out of the Champions League

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Justin Kluivert of RB Leipzig scores his sides third goal past David De Gea of Manchester United. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Justin Kluivert of RB Leipzig scores his sides third goal past David De Gea of Manchester United. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Justin Kluivert of RB Leipzig scores his sides third goal past David De Gea of Manchester United. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dodged one crisis after the next as his side has come back from the brink in recent weeks, but their luck ran out as they crashed out of the Champions League after a 3-2 defeat against RB Leipzig.

United needed a draw to get through to the next phase of the competition, but they fell 3-0 behind against opponents they hammered 5-0 at Old Trafford back in October.

While late goals from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba gave them hope, United ran out of time to salvage the result and former United legend Paul Scholes picked out one player for criticism after the game.

Speaking on BT Sport, Scholes suggested keeper David De Gea should shoulder the blame for Leipzig's decisive third goal, as he suggested the Spaniard 'bottled it' as he allowed Justin Kluivert to score after 69 minutes.

"You never felt they were going to create enough chances to come back into the game, but David De Gea has bottled it," said Scholes as he looked back on the third goal.

"He's afraid of getting hurt. It should never go across the box like that, but De Gea, as a goalkeeper, has to come out and make himself as big as he can. He might get smashed in the face, he might get injured.

"He actually makes himself smaller. For such an experienced goalkeeper, it's criminal."

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 Peter Gulacsi, Tyler Adams and Nordi Mukiele all of RB Leipzig celebrate following the win against Manchester United. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Peter Gulacsi, Tyler Adams and Nordi Mukiele all of RB Leipzig celebrate following the win against Manchester United. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Peter Gulacsi, Tyler Adams and Nordi Mukiele all of RB Leipzig celebrate following the win against Manchester United. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

United captain Harry Maguire bemoaned another slow start from United, as he suggested they let themselves down in Germany.

"We started the game too slow. It wasn't good enough," he accepted. "The first 20 minutes we weren't at it. They put two balls in the box and we failed to deal with them.

"We have to look at ourselves, we gave ourselves too much to do. You've seen how close we came at the end but we started too slow and we can't keep falling behind.

"We said on Saturday at half-time, 2-0 down, the next goal is crucial and we said it again tonight. They made it 3-0 and the task becomes even bigger. The third goal proved to be the crucial one but even three down we came close at the end.

"I don't want to look at excuses. We have to go out and be aggressive, win balls. That's the basics. If you can't defend crosses you're going to lose games. I don't want to look at shape - it's not an excuse.

"It's a tough group but we felt we should get through. That's the standards of this club. I'm gutted for everyone, we worked so hard to reach this competition. No matter what group we got it would be tough. We have to do more."

United manager Solskjaer admitted his side were too slow out of the blocks once again, as he had few excuses.

"We started too late," he admitted. "Great spirit and come back again. It's different to the Premier League, you can't give a team a three-goal lead and expect to come back. We were unlucky towards the end and you almost thought it was in at the last minute there.

"Of course you can't say we were good enough, we weren't. In a difficult group of course, the big defeat for us was the one away to Istanbul - that's where we lost the points we should have had.

"Today we were close but we knew we had to defend crosses and balls into the box and we just couldn't clear them.

"As a footballer, you can't feel sorry for yourself. You feel sorry for a few minutes tonight and then we focus on a massive game on Saturday (against Manchester City)."

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