By Coral Barry

Paul Scholes was furious with the decision to award Liverpool a penalty in the Europa League last 16 tie against Manchester United.

Nathaniel Clyne won the Merseysiders a chance to score from the spotkick after United’s Memphis Depay was judged to have pulled the full-back down in the box.

Daniel Sturridge dispatched the penalty to give Liverpool a 1-0 lead and Scholes was fuming with the decision during the half-time interval.

“I don’t even think it’s a foul anywhere on the pitch,” said Scholes speaking to BT Sport. “It’s the slightest of touches on his shoulder and he’s [Clyne] gone over.

“I know Howard [Webb] thinks it’s a penalty, but I totally disagree, I don’t even think it’s a foul.

“He’s touching him and you’re always going to have contact in the box, but he’s not pulled him back.”

Referee Carlos Carballo referred to his assistant behind the goal for the decision and it was decided contact had been made.

Rio Ferdinand said he was "astonished" by Louis van Gaal's pessimistic view of Manchester United's Champions League chances

Fuming Ferdinand: Convinced penalty was ‘soft’

Another former United legend in the BT studio was Rio Ferdinand and he was equally disgusted with the call.

“Anywhere else on the park this isn’t given as a free-kick. I don’t think that [Memphis Depay’s alleged holding] warrants a penalty,” said the former United defender.

“It’s soft. The lads in that dressing room will be thinking what’s gone on there?”

United were lucky to go into the interval just a goal down at Anfield with David De Gea making two point blank saves to deny the rampant Liverpool.

Liverpool and United are meeting in the competition for the first time, but it is the 195th meeting between the bitter rivals.

In other United news, Ferdinand has declared the end of the club’s fairytale and Scholes has questioned whether Van Gaal is the right manager for the Red Devils.