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NOT everyone shared Erik ten Hag’s view that Bruno Fernandes is captaincy material following his histrionic­s in the 7-0 defeat by Liverpool on Sunday. Paul Scholes knows a thing or two about playing under strong leaders at Manchester United, and he is less than convinced that Fernandes should get the job on a permanent basis if Harry Maguire leaves Old Trafford this summer. ‘Your captain has to be an influence, a leader, calming down characters like him (Fernandes),’ Scholes told BT Sport.

‘I’d be concerned if United are going for the title in March or April. I don’t think having him as your captain would be ideal. Going forward, bigger games, going for trophies, Champions League finals, a captain with less emotion might be better. He won’t be proud of what happened on Sunday.’

YOU had to spare a thought for the visitors from southern Spain. Seville is basking in highs in the mid-20s this week, but it was one degree above freezing at kick-off here. At least Real Betis boss Manuel Pellegrini will have been well prepared, after three years at Manchester City.

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