Paul Scholes says Manchester United have the best squad in the Europa League knockout stages.

United cruised through their last-32 tie against Real Sociedad, recording a goalless draw in the second leg at Old Trafford after dismantling their Spanish opponents 4-0 away from home.

It secured Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side's passage to the round of 16, with the draw set to take place on Friday.

All seeding has been removed for the draw, meaning United could face anyone left in the competition in the next round, but Scholes is unconcerned by this.

Speaking to BT Sport, Scholes said United will undoubtedly be viewing the Europa League as a competition they can win.

He said: "Man United have the best squad left in the competition. We thought that last year, but obviously Sevilla were around then and we know what they’re like in the Europa League, so they found it difficult.

"This is a great chance for United to win the Europa League, there could be some great games, but there could be some rubbish games - let’s wait and see.

"Man United are much better than Arsenal and Tottenham. I think United would cruise past Milan."

United were knocked out at the semi-final stage of last season's competition, also losing in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and EFL Cup, before losing at the last-four stage of the EFL Cup again this season.

Scholes thinks it's time for United's bigger players to step up when it matters most.

He said: "It’s four semi-finals if you count the one this year, which isn’t great. You need to go to that next level now, he’s seen them do well, get to a certain place, get to second in the league and then fall away.

Amad and Shoretire came on in the second-half

Manchester United secured their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Real Sociedad.

Next up for the Reds is a trip to Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

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"They’ve got to find that extra bit of quality. The big players in the big games have to step up and they’ve been unable to do that at this moment in time.

"But they have to do it now for Manchester United to go to that next level, win titles, win cups, whatever it may be - these players need to step up now."