United lost the clash after a remarkable penalty shootout which saw goalkeeper David de Gea miss the decisive spot-kick to hand victory to the ‘Yellow Submarine’.
Scholes was part of the BT Sport punditry team analysing the contest which saw United’s trophy drought roll into it’s fifth year, their last piece of silverware coming in the form of the 2017 Europa League, where they beat Ajax in the final under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.
Before the tie, Scholes discussed Villarreal’s chances, explaining: “You’re playing Villarreal here. ‘You’re playing a team that finished 7th in a really poor La Liga. Think of Real Madrid and Barcelona, how bad have they been?
” Manchester United should win this game comfortably.”
Inevitably, once the opposite occurred there were plenty of fans waiting in the wings online to poke fun at Scholes prediction, before he eventually responded the morning after.
The former England international took to Instagram to highlight an example of the kind of messages he had been receiving, which showed an image of Scholes and his pre-match quote along with a dubbed over caption: “Welcome to La Liga Scholesy.”
Scholes didn’t take kindly to the post, and re-shared it with his own message scrawled over the top, which many saw as a shot at the tactics of Villarreal manager Unai Emery.
The Premier League legend wrote: “Had some s*** on here today… sitting on the edge of your box for 120 mins is now apparently a tactical masterclass, do me a favour b***ends.”
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Refraining from actually typing out the insult, Scholes opted to use the bell emoji to get his message across to those who had been mocking his pre-match analysis.
Scholes was a frustrated figure come the end of the contest, and did not hold back on his thoughts over his former side’s performance in a game they were heavily expected to win.
“It’s difficult to come out of that game and give them credit, they weren’t good tonight.
“Overall there has been progress. But does losing hurt them enough? It’s almost become an accepted thing. From Ole’s point of view, where is the demands?
“He has made progress, but this club expects to win trophies. If it gets into the next couple of years and there’s still nothing he might have a problem. There aren’t the demands there where he has to win.
“A few players, it doesn’t hurt them. Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani, they won’t like it.
“They look like they’re proper hurt, the others it can look acceptable, even from the manager. They’ve become a nice club.”