Paul Scholes has questioned the players’ attitude following their disappointing defeat against Villarreal in the Europa League final.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were beaten on penalties after the scoreline was stuck at 1-1 at the end of extra time.
United conceded the first goal after some poor defending from a set-piece – surprise, surprise – but were scored an equaliser in the second half thanks to Edinson Cavani.
A penalty shoot-out followed and unfortunately it was Villarreal who came out on top.
Every outfield player who stood up to take a penalty scored. It was David de Gea’s miss at the end that proved costly for United. The experienced Spaniard failure to stop any penalties and Villarreal won their first major trophy in 98-years’ worth of history.
Solskjaer has a lot to think about over the summer. His former team-mate at Old Trafford, Scholes, has questioned the team’s attitude. He told BT Sport (quoted by The Standard): “The thing I worry about it is, does losing hurt them enough?
“As a United player, when you lose games – you look in the last three or four weeks, lost games – does it really hurt? It’s almost become an accepted thing.
“From Ole’s point of view, where are the demands on him? I don’t think they’ll be saying, ‘Look, you have to win a trophy or you’re gone’.
“He’s made progress, which is progress from the last three or four years. If you go back further, clearly not because this club expects to win trophies.
“If it gets into the next year, the next couple of years and he’s still nothing, then look, I think he might have a problem.
“But for now I still don’t think those demands are quite there on him where he has to win.”
Solskjaer must find a way to make this group a bunch of winners. They threw it away last night and that probably won’t be excused again.