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

Joe Williams
Man Utd legend Paul Scholes gets ready for his role as a BT Sport pundit

Man Utd legend Paul Scholes thinks Luke Shaw and Casemiro “need a rest” after the 4-1 victory over Real Betis on Thursday night.

The Red Devils named the same starting XI as the one which lost 7-0 to arch-rivals Liverpool in a complete humiliation last weekend and it worked as Man Utd swept Betis aside in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash.

Goals from Marcus Rashford, Antony, Bruno Fernandes and Wout Weghorst secured the comfortable victory as Ten Hag’s side showed a good mentality to bounce back from their loss at Anfield.

But Scholes thinks some of Ten Hag’s men now “need a rest” with another match against Southampton in the Premier League just two days away.

“I don’t think Ten Hag likes making lots of changes,” Scholes said on BT Sport.

“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.”

Rashford, who has been in top form this season, thinks Man Utd now need to keep winning to build up “momentum” again for the final run-in.

The England international said after the Betis match: “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.”

On the victory over the La Liga side, Man Utd boss Ten Hag added: “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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