Paul Scholes has criticised Marcus Rashford’s emotional post-match interview after Manchester United’sEuropa League Final defeat to Villarreal.
United were below their best in Gdansk and fell behind midway through the first half when Gerard Moreno diverted the ball home from a free-kick.
Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side were improved in the second half and Edinson Cavani drew them level after a Marcus Rashford shot had been diverted into his path.
That forced a period of extra time, but with no goal forthcoming for either side, the final went to penalties.
All 22 players were involved in the shootout, with Red Devils goalkeeper David De Gea the only one to fluff his lines.
The Spaniard saw his spot kick saved by opposite number Geronimo Rulli to hand Villarreal a dramatic 11-10 victory.
United’s players were crestfallen after the final whistle, with Rashford visibly emotional in his post-match BT Sport interview.
He said: “We will come back next season with more desire and hunger. We have to give 110%.
“I know in every club they don’t have this sacrifice. In the top clubs they do. That’s why they win trophies. We’re close, I promise we’re close.”
Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes praised Rashford’s honesty before questioning how close United really are to winning top honours.
“I think he spoke well but the time for speaking is done for me”, said Scholes. “It’s time to start showing. “When he says they are close, are they really that close?
“Beaten in the Europa League final by Villarreal, a place with a population of 50,000. Beat by them.
“Second in the league, fourteen points behind Manchester City. Doesn’t feel like it’s close.”
By the time next season finishes, United will have gone five years without winning a major trophy.
Their last honour came in 2017 when Jose Mourinho guided the club to Europa League final victory over Ajax.
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