C3 / FC Sheriff Tiraspol – Manchester United / The victim of an unlikely duo: why Casemiro chews his bite

C3 / FC Sheriff Tiraspol – Manchester United / The victim of an unlikely duo: why Casemiro chews his bite

C3 / FC Sheriff Tiraspol – Manchester United / The victim of an unlikely duo: why Casemiro chews his bite

It was to be the cure for Manchester United’s ills. On August 19th, the Red Devils hit the market by paying over 70 million euros to secure Casemiro’s services. The emblematic Brazilian midfielder, five-time European champion with Real Madrid, looked like the perfect rookie for a largely obsolete Mancunian midfield against Brighton (1-2) and Brentford (4-0) during his first two outings of championship. And a great fallback solution after the failure suffered by the leaders of MU on the Frenkie de Jong dossier.

Manchester United were at the bottom of the table at the time. And it was very difficult to imagine that almost a month later, Casemiro would still be looking forward to his first Premier League start with his new colors. It is still the case. The Brazilian, whose signing was definitively made official on the evening of the victory against Liverpool (2-1), had to settle for 51 minutes of play, of which ten during the clash he won against Arsenal (3-1). September 4th.

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The strong choices of Ten Hag

A brilliant success against the Gunners that validated the revival of the Red Devils. And Erik ten Hag’s strong decisions to build an eleven that has just lined up four straight wins and bring MU back to the top of the standings. Install Marcus Rashford on the front line in attack, even at the cost of leaving Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench. Exclude Harry Maguire from the starting team to rely on a cornerstone formed by Raphaël Varane and Lisandro Martinez. And bet on a duo for the less unlikely with Scott McTominay and Christian Eriksen in recovery. Even if this condemns Casemiro for the moment to bite the bite among the substitutes.

Casemiro, sobbing goodbye

The adage is formal. Never change a winning team. Ten Hag made an exception with Antony, starting in place of Anthony Elanga against Arsenal, but only confirms the rule. “We try to create automatisms, explained the Mancunian coach after the victory against Leicester (0-1) earlier this month, to justify his decision to renew the team that had won in Southampton (0-1). VSEleven has done good things so let’s continue (with him). We have more games on the way, so more players will be involvedCasemiro is thus entitled to his first assignment in the Europa League for the reception of Real Sociedad (0-1).

McTominay’s remarkable numbers

A competition in which ten Hag seems quite intent on rotating his workforce to preserve the elements of his eleven preferentials for the championship. The Brazilian could thus restart against Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday, but the postponement of the Premier League match against Leeds this weekend could encourage ten Hags to align their standard squad against the Moldovans. And therefore prefer McTominay to Casemiro. “Casemiro is new in the squad and has to adapthad pointed out the Dutchman after the victory against Arsenal. He has to get used to the way I play football. And McTominay does it very well. He has the advantage of his youth and has done some good things. “

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to say the least. The complementarity of his duo with Eriksen was crucial in the relaunch of Manchester United after a very complicated start. The Dane offers this technical quality and this precision of play that provides a link between the midfield and the attack of the Red Devils. McTominay focuses on harassing the opposing ball carrier who is paying off (84 pressing since the start of the season, more than any other United player). And his contribution in the air is remarkable with 16 won aerial duels. Only Raphaël Varane does better in the Mancuni squad (19).

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Quality that Manchester United desperately needed. And who really pushed the Red Devils to recruit Casemiro. But McTominay is currently occupying the role he seemed to delegate too well to the Brazilian to give up his place in the starting XI. Most importantly, his duo with Eriksen is already going strong but still has room for improvement and Ten Hag has an interest in continuing to combine them. “We were looking for each other in the first few games, but now we are starting to have a good connection, to feel where we should betestified the Dane on the club’s website after the victory against Arsenal. There are things we can improve, but we are on the right path. “

These are the surprises that football can offer. While an unlikely duo are clearly helping to get Manchester United back on track, the one who until a few weeks ago was still a key man for the reigning European champions team must face his troubles on the bench with patience. However, Casemiro is not meant to be the luxury substitute. The season is long and everything can go very quickly, especially in a club like Manchester United. Billed as the savior upon his arrival and so far confined to a substitute role, the Brazilian has already been able to experience it.

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