By Coral Barry

Paul Scholes believes Manchester United are going nowhere under Louis Van Gaal after losing to Liverpool 2-0.

Goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino helped Liverpool breeze to victory against a disorientated United.

The two rivals were meeting for the first time in the Europa League and Scholes was fuming with Louis Van Gaal’s tactics and players after the game.

“Liverpool had a way of playing. United – I didn’t have a clue what they were trying to do,” said Scholes speaking to BT Sport.

“For twenty years United had an identity.

“You were going to play fast football, you were going to pass the ball forward or you were going to tackle and run.

“The last three years they have just gone away from that, even though it is something that worked.”

Since Van Gaal’s arrival United fans have heard a lot about a change in philosophy and beginning of a new era.

Over £300million has been spent on a complete transformation of the playing staff, but the expenditure has yet to yield trophies.

The Dutchman has gone through periods of intense pressure as manager and alleviated the most recent crisis with impressive wins against Danish side FC Midtjylland and league title challengers Arsenal.

United however were beaten at the weekend by West Brom to put a huge dent in their top four hopes and after the latest defeat, Scholes cannot see where his former club is going under Van Gaal’s direction.

Louis van Gaal has presided over Manchester United's failure to reach the Champions League knockout stages

No way forward: Scholes has questioned whether United need Van Gaal after his complete transformation of the club

The retired midfielder only ever played for United and was part of a golden generation of Red Devils under then-manager Alex Ferguson.

Scholes won everything there was to win as a footballer with United and he admitted he is unsure whether Van Gaal is the right man to lead the club back to the very top of the game.

“We’re not getting anywhere at the minute,” said Scholes.

“The last thing I want for Manchester United is for them to be happy with winning the FA Cup and coming fourth in the Premier League.

“That’s what Arsenal do everywhere. You see them celebrating out on the pitch when they come fourth. That can’t happen at United. Never in a million years can that happen.”

United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford in the second leg next Thursday, but first must deal with a home FA Cup tie with West Ham on Sunday.

In other Manchester United news, Rio Ferdinand has proclaimed the end of the fairytale at Old Trafford.