Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Erik ten Hag confronted with new Casemiro dilemma following Rio Ferdinand “chicken feed” criticism

Erik ten Hag confronted with new Casemiro dilemma following Rio Ferdinand “chicken feed” criticism

Casemiro could make his Manchester United  debut against Everton on Sunday evening.

The Brazilian has started each of his first five Premier League games, and he came on as a second-half substitute in United’s 6-3 loss to Manchester City.

Casemiro played the final 31 minutes as Manchester United were soundly defeated at the Etihad Stadium.

Many expected Casemiro to come straight into the XI after joining from Real Madrid for £60 million in the summer, but he has had to take his time getting used to Erik ten Hag’s style of play. 

It didn’t hurt that Scott McTominay had an excellent game against Liverpool, and he hasn’t put a foot wrong since.

However, McTominay was below par in the Manchester derby, and United looked a lot better when Casemiro came on.

They couldn’t get any worse, but the former Real Madrid man showed why he’s in the running for a starting spot at Goodison Park.

When he was on the field, United had more possession and felt more at ease, with Anthony Martial scoring two late goals to make the score look more respectable.

The reigning Premier League champions were led to victory by hat-tricks from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden, with Antony scoring United’s only goal.

Casemiro, who started United’s first two Europa League matches against Real Sociedad and Sherriff, was named to the squad to travel to Omonia Nicosia on Thursday night, continuing his run of playing in every game for the Red Devils.

He played at the base of a three-man midfield with Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes ahead of him in United’s 3-2 win.

The 30-year-old had 82 touches, an 81% pass success rate, and successfully completed all of his dribbles.

Despite the fact that Omonia are currently fourth in the Cypriot top flight, Neil Lennon’s side made it difficult for United, but Casemiro showed his class throughout, with the Red Devils dominating proceedings despite falling behind at half-time.

Casemiro won both of his tackles, seven recoveries, and all but one of his nine aerial duels.

With Everton expected to play on the counter-attack with their pace in behind, Casemiro’s ability to stop attacks quickly with his destructive style could be useful.

Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray will be looking to expose United in wide areas, which means Amadou Onana and Tom Davies will be needed to provide creativity in midfield.

The Red Devils must maintain a compact shape so that Everton cannot easily open them up and Casemiro can keep them in check.

Ten Hag could stick with his tried-and-trusted squad, which had won four Premier League games in a row prior to their Manchester derby defeat, and leave Casemiro on the bench.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has slammed Ten Hag’s decision to ease Casemiro into life at Old Trafford, urging Ten Hag to give the midfielder a more prominent role.

Speaking on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube show, Ferdinand said: “He’s been getting chicken feed. He was the Player of the Match in the Champions League final a couple of months ago and that was the fifth Champions League he’s won.

“In that Real Madrid team, he was the anchor. He’s been given scraps. Put the man in from the start and say, ‘Bang, you’re playing’. You can’t judge him off chicken feed.”

Erik ten Hag confronted with new Casemiro dilemma following Rio Ferdinand “chicken feed” criticism