Casemiro received three separate suspensions last season, causing him to miss eight games. Clearly, Man United have struggled to cope without Casemiro, but the 31-year-old has not been in his best form this season.
The former Real Madrid star is suspended for the Red Devils’ Champions League match next week with Copenhagen after receiving two yellow cards in their clash with Galatasaray, but now there is a different feeling about his absence.
First, it must be admitted that not having Casemiro is a big loss for Man United. His experience and presence in midfield are irreplaceable. However, the player who won five Champions League titles was not able to help the Old Trafford team firmly this season. They have conceded 19 goals in 11 matches so far. Ten Hag needs to find a solution. In any case, the Dutch strategist may have to experiment with life without Casemiro, in the context of the Brazilian player having problems while on duty with the Brazilian national team.
It is easy to understand why Ten Hag wanted to recruit Sofyan Amrabat so much. The Man United coach approached Fiorentina in January, after the former FC Utrecht player shined with the Moroccan national team at the 2022 World Cup. Amrabat was finally present at Old Trafford, but so far, he has mainly been playing. plays at left-back due to the injury crisis at Old Traford.
Remember, Amrabat was brought in to support Casemiro, working alongside the number 18 in midfield and taking on Casemiro’s role when he is not available. Amrabat also needs a midfielder to support them, and in the immediate future, perhaps there is no one better than Scott McTominay. McTominay is in great scoring form going into 2023, but the Scotland international can also have to drop defensively in front of the back four when required.
The Man United academy graduate revealed his love for the club after scoring an impressive injury-time double against Brentford. He has been criticized a lot for his limitations in his playing style, but the effort and work efficiency of this 26-year-old midfielder are beyond doubt.
The combination of Amrabat and McTominay could be essential now that Casemiro is out of the game. Both will have the courage and determination to stop all attacks from the opponent, and with the support of Amrabat, McTominay can attack high to show his talent for scoring goals. Man United will be weaker without a fit Casemiro in the squad, but his two teammates can take advantage of his absence as an opportunity to show Ten Hag that the Red Devils do not have to depend on anyone.
Minh Tuan | 05:02 October 18, 2023