19x possession lost, 2/7 long balls: Erik ten Hag must drop €30m United star vs Coventry City – View


Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, might want to think about benching Casemiro following yet another lackluster performance away to Bournemouth.

The Red Devils’ four-game winning streak came to an end after a 2-2 Premier League stalemate at Vitality Stadium. For United, Bruno Fernandes scored in each half.

The remainder of the team had a difficult time on their outing. Particularly unconvincing was Casemiro, who found it difficult to exert any kind of authority from his defensive midfield position.

The star, who is valued at €30 million, lost control 19 times and only completed two of the seven long balls. He was dribbled past twice and had an 82% passing accuracy rate.

By contrast, Kobbie Mainoo lost possession seven times while completing 92% of his passes.

Despite playing in a central midfield role recently, the club graduate has still had to put in a lot of defensive effort because of Casemiro’s propensity to misplace the ball.

We think Ten Hag ought to think about starting without Casemiro when United plays Coventry City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley the following Sunday.

We believe Mainoo ought to go back to playing at number six, where he excelled during Casemiro’s injury. The wonderkid’s midfield mate should be Mason Mount.

With six games remaining, United is presently 10 points behind the top four. It becomes very evident that they will not be participating in the Champions League the following season.

They still have an opportunity to close the campaign with a bang. United has a chance to win trophies in the FA Cup, but they must respect their opponents.

Although the Red Devils are clear favorites against the Sky Blues, they cannot afford to play a weak defense because the Championship team may try a counterattack.

 

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