“This is not true”: Journalist says United star was not injured for FA Cup final, hints at problems with Ten Hag


Manchester United secured a famous 2-1 win against fierce cross-town rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday. In the process, the Red Devils took revenge for what had happened in the final of the same competition last year.

The goals came from Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo, two of the young shining lights this season as manager Erik ten Hag’s gameplan worked a treat.

Unlike what happened during the Premier League season, the 20-time English league champions defended deep and narrow, hardly allowing any space for Pep Guardiola’s team to play through.

For once, the Dutchman had the option of playing Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez at the back and the duo certainly delivered. He also took the brave call of starting Sofyan Amrabat as the defensive midfielder.

Casemiro not part of the matchday squad

The Moroccan was error-prone in the last league game of the season against Brighton and many had called for Casemiro to start in his stead.

But news broke that the manager was contemplating dropping the Brazilian, who has not enjoyed the best of seasons this term. He has made himself available but his displays, both in his usual position and as centre-back have left a lot to be desired.

The former Real Madrid superstar has suffered a spate of injuries which seem to have slowed him down while the former Ajax coach’s tactics have also not suited the 32-year-old.

Casemiro has struggled while tracking back and has made quite a few errors with and without the ball, especially with his rash sliding tackles all across the pitch.

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