The Red Devils make a 15th-minute breakthrough after Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired a low, deflected free-kick past the Saint-Etienne goalkeeper to score his 21st goal of the season in all competitions.
The hosts managed to extend their lead in the second half through the 35-year-old centre-forward as he netted his third goal of the Europa League campaign with 19 minutes to play at Old Trafford.
The 20-time English champions effectively ended the tie ahead of the return leg after Ibrahimovic won a late penalty which the Swedish striker converted to seal his hat-trick.
Speaking to BT Sport after Manchester United’s resounding 3-0 win against the Ligue 1 side, Scholes accepted that the hosts had benefited from a couple of soft decisions from the officials in the last-32 clash.
“The officials were good for Manchester United [on Thursday night]. It was a soft penalty. He steps up and takes it,” Scholes said.
Scholes added: “I do feel a little bit sorry for them. They should and could have scored at least one goal. It is a great result for Manchester United. It’s just what they wanted going into a busy run of games. They can afford to rest people now for the big cup final.”
Manchester United will travel to France for the return leg next Wednesday.
The Red Devils haven’t won a European trophy since 2008.
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