Paul Scholes has voiced concerns that his former club Manchester United are 'accepting defeat' after United's trophyless run continued on Wednesday evening.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team were beaten 11-10 on penalties in the Europa League Final, with goalkeeper David De Gea missing the decisive spot kick following a 1-1 draw with Villarreal.
It's been four years since then manager Jose Mourinho won both the League Cup and the Europa League for the Red Devils in 2017.
Current boss Solskjaer is under immense pressure to end their barren run but losing to Villarreal on penalties didn't do him any favours.
After the full-time whistle, Scholes questioned if high enough demands are set for the Man Utd players:
“It’s difficult to come out of that game and give them credit," said the ex-United midfielder speaking to 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?"
Since United's last success, they've finished runners-up in the FA Cup final, runners-up in the UEFA Super Cup and in Solskjaers's first full season, they crashed out in the semi-finals stage of every competition they entered.
That simply is not good enough for the most decorated side in English football history.
This season, the Red Devils also exited the Champions League in kamikaze fashion. Leading Group H with only two games to play, United lost back-to-back matches against PSG and RB Leipzig and dropped into the Europa League.
Scholes believes the dressing room culture at Old Trafford is one of defeat:
"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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The Europa League Final defeat was Man Utd's 63rd game of a gruelling long season.
With no trophies to show, it'll be a summer of licking their wounds before returning to put it right next season.
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