Man United legend not surprised by Champions League exit after poor displays

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes isn’t surprised by his former club’s exit from the UEFA Champions League following their 3-2 loss to Wolfsburg on Tuesday, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The Red Devils needed a victory in Germany to ensure qualification to the knock-out phase but were unable to beat a defiant Wolfsburg side, who went top of the group while PSV Eindhoven leapfrogged Louis van Gaal’s men into second, sending them to the Europa League.

However, United legend Scholes revealed he is not surprise at all by their fate, given that his former side was extremely poor through all six group games.

“It doesn’t feel like a disaster for me because I’m not surprised,” Scholes said. “It’s a team that has been poor in almost every game in the Champions League, and it’s in a group that’s shocking really.

“You see these two teams (PSV and Wolfsburg) – will either of these get to the quarter-final? I wouldn’t have thought so. I think whichever teams these two get, they’ll get knocked out in the next round.

“United look like an average team and with an average team, you get average performances.”

The ex-England international went on to claim that Van Gaal is now under some intense pressure after spending over £250million on new players the past two summers.

“I’m sure Martial is going to be a brilliant player for United – the only thing he lacks is that killer instinct but there’s a chance that will come in years to come. But they shouldn’t be relying on a 20-year-old kid, especially when you’ve spent £250m.

“I think he’ll (Van Gaal) look at the injuries he had in this game and he’s not been in a great situation but you have to say the young players who played tonight did well.”

Man United will hope to turn their poor form around when they travel to Dean Court to face Bournemouth in a Premier League match this weekend.