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Scholes names two Man Utd stars who ‘need a rest’ after Real Betis win

Paul Scholes saw signs of fatigue in Manchester United’s Europa League win over Real Betis and claims Casemiro and Luke Shaw ‘need a rest’.

The Red Devils responded to their 7-0 defeat to Liverpool with a 4-1 win over Betis in the first leg of the last-16 tie.

Rashford, Antony, Bruno Fernandes and Weghorst were all on the scoresheet as United thrashed the Spanish side to put one foot in the Europa League quarter-finals.

Erik ten Hag may now choose to rotate his squad for the second leg in Spain next week and Scholes believes two players would benefit from a rest.

‘I don’t think Ten Hag likes making lots of changes,’ said Scholes after the same United side that were destroyed by Liverpool beat Real Betis.

‘He likes players having rhythm, but with the schedule and the amount of games they’ve played, some of these players need a rest now.

‘I thought Shaw looked like he needed a rest tonight, Casemiro looks like he needs a rest.

‘They can give a few young players a taste of European football [next week] and hopefully that will stand them in good stead for the future.’

United enjoyed an impressive revival under Ten Hag before the Liverpool capitulation, climbing to third in the league and winning the EFL Cup.

Rashford says Betis victory was a ‘step back in the right direction’, telling BT Sport: ‘We have to build on it now again but we can’t put too much emphasis on Sunday because it is gone and we can’t change it so we have to keep moving forward.

‘It’s always important to win the next fixture after a loss it is the only way to bounce back and continue to the momentum we had before the game.’

Ten Hag, meanwhile, said: ‘I think we played a very good game in both halves.

‘We scored some good goals, we gave the fans something to support and they gave it back so we are very grateful.

‘It was a great attitude, we were good on the ball, made good switches and runs in behind and created a lot of chances.

‘It is always good to see how the team reacts after a set-back. This is not the first time this season we can reset and bounce back. This team has character, so big compliment to the team.’

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