Angry Paul Scholes says he does not want Manchester United to become Arsenal

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes says he does not want Manchester United to adopt the same mentality as Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.

Manchester United chose a bad time to produce one of their worst performances of the season, away to rivals Liverpool.

The Reds lost the Europa League last 16 first leg fixture 2-0, rarely threatening on goal and lacking cohesion.

The loss was just the latest disappointment in a poor season which has left supporters calling for Louis van Gaal to quit or be sacked.

Former Champions League winning midfielder Paul Scholes is worried about a mentality shift at Old Trafford, fearing that sneaking into fourth position in the Premier League would now be constituted as a success. They currently sit sixth, below West Ham.

Scholes told BT Sport's live coverage that he does not want to see United become like Arsenal, who have not won the league in more than a decade, but are currently above the Red Devils in the table.

He said: "The last thing I want to see is for Manchester United be happy with winning the FA Cup and finishing fourth in the Premier League. Thats what Arsenal do every year.

"You see them celebrating out on the pitch when they come fourth in the Premier League. That can't happen at Manchester United. Never in a million years can that [be allowed to] happen."

Scholes' comments about fourth place resonate, that while finishing in the position would be welcome, United would have to celebrate in a manner which would not lead to criticism - but to be frank, the last thing the team should be worried about is how they would react in such circumstances, because right now it looks so unlikely it even happens based on current form. 

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