Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has hit back at criticism of his punditry during the Red Devils' Europa League final defeat to Villarreal on Wednesday.
Speaking ahead of the game, Scholes called Villarreal a "team that finished seventh in a really poor La Liga" and stated that United "should win this game comfortably".
He told BT Sport: "You're playing Villarreal here. You're playing a team that finished seventh in a really poor La Liga.
"Think of Real Madrid and Barcelona, how bad have they been? Manchester United should win this game comfortably."
However, Villarreal ultimately won the final 11-10 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 after extra-time.
Scholes was criticised on social media for his comments and he has since responded on Instagram.
After he was tagged in a post which included the above quotes, a picture of Villarreal boss Unai Emery holding the trophy and the caption "Welcome to LA LIGA Scholsy", the former Red Devils midfielder hit back.
In an Instagram story, Scholes wrote: "Had some s*** on here today… sitting on the edge of your box for 120 mins is now a tactical masterclass, do me a favour bell***s"
Speaking after the game, Scholes was critical of United and questioned whether the defeat will "hurt them enough".
"It’s difficult to come out of that game and give them credit," he told BT Sport. "They weren’t very good tonight, they’ll hold their hands up, the manager will hold his hands up. But overall, there’s been progress.
"The thing I worry about, does losing hurt them enough? As a United player, when you lose games, look at the last three or four weeks – they’ve lost games, does it really hurt?
"It’s almost become an accepted thing. From Ole’s point of view, where’s the demands on him? I don’t think they’ll be saying you have to win a trophy or you’re gone.
"He’s made progress, which is progress from the last three or four years, but if you go back further, then clearly not because this club expects to win trophies."
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