By Coral Barry

Paul Scholes says Manchester United can only blame themselves after being dumped out of the Europa League by Liverpool at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Liverpool were comfortable winners over the two legs of the last 16 tie with an away goal from Philippe Coutinho just before half-time effectively ending the contest.

The 1-1 result was an improvement for United on the embarrassing 2-0 loss at Anfield last week, but Scholes said after the game that he has no sympathy for Louis Van Gaal’s side.

“They gave it a right go. But they’re sixth in the league, they’re out of the Champions League and Europa League for a reason. The quality just isn’t there,” said Scholes speaking to BT Sport.

“Over the two games, Liverpool were by far the best team. United were a lot better tonight but only because they couldn’t have been any worse than they were last week.

“Too often United lacked that real bit of quality to score goals tonight.”

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An Anthony Martial penalty gave United a glimmer of hope in the first half, before a moment of brilliance from Coutinho settled the game.

The Brazilian skipped past two United players before producing a cheeky chip over David de Gea from close range.

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