The Red Devils were hammered 6-3 by their great rivals, thanks to hat-tricks from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden. The Cityzens found themselves 4-0 up at half-time following a breathtaking display at the Etihad Stadium although the visitors were widely panned for their meek performance.
Manchester United were completely overrun in midfield while the full-backs received precious little protection against Foden and Jack Grealish. Following the game, United legend Scholes took to Instagram to make his feelings about his old side clear.
The iconic midfielder posted a picture of his former teammates David Beckham and Ryan Giggs, who won countless trophies while on the wings for Manchester United. Scholes aimed a dig at Antony and Jadon Sancho with the caption, which read:
“Anyone remember when wingers used to help their full-backs?”
Scholes was clearly unhappy with Manchester United's wingers for their lacklusture display against the Premier League champions. Antony did score an incredible goal from 25 yards out but that wasn't enough to avoid Scholes' ire online.
Paul Scholes believes Manchester United's players 'took the p***' last season
The Red Devils earned their lowest ever Premier League points total last term as they fell well short of a Champions League place.
Under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, the club were in shambles as it appeared that players had either given up or had no idea what they were supposed to be doing.
Speaking on The Overlap, Scholes put the blame firmly on the players at Old Trafford, as he stated (as quoted by talkSPORT):
“Unless you’re involved, it’s very hard to tell, it looked from the outside as if players were taking the p*** a little bit. They were doing what they want."
"They were going on to the football pitch and being in their own world, doing what they wanted to do rather than doing what was expected of them, or what the manager wanted them to do. The performances just went.”
Scholes also aimed a dig at the club's recruitment, as he proclaimed:
“Looking back, was it though? Was it really? You’ve got a young player from Germany [Sancho] who you’ve spent a lot of money on. He’s done great in Germany, don’t get me wrong but he was unproven in the Premier League."
“Cristiano was proven, of course, but he was 36? Are they great signings?"