Manchester United midfielder Casemiro will be suspended for his team’s Super Sunday match with Premier League leaders Arsenal, to be broadcast live on Sky Sports this weekend.
The Brazilian midfielder was shown a yellow card ten minutes before the draw ended 1-1 away at Crystal Palace, his fifth booking of the season which resulted in a one-match suspension.
Casemiro stopped Wilfried Zaha on the counter-attack to accept a free-kick and protect United’s 1-0 lead at Selhurst Park.
But Michael Ulis’ stunning stoppage-time free-kick meant United dropped two points in their bid to chase Arsenal top spot, plus one of their key midfielders was available to face the Emirates Stadium this weekend.
United coach Eric ten Hag said in response to Casemiro’s achievement Sky Sports: “I think it was instinctive, he went for the ball.
“He missed the ball but it’s quite clear, on the right flank, it could have been dangerous. He wants to stop it. That was his reaction, it was quite clear.
“Last time we beat Arsenal without Casemiro, so this time we have to do the same.”
Ten Hag are eight points behind Arsenal heading into the weekend, giving second-placed Manchester City the chance to beat their neighbors by three points when they host Tottenham on Thursday night, live. Sky Sports.
Casemiro has been a key figure in Ten Hag’s plans this season, playing every minute of football in his last nine Premier League matches.
Wednesday night’s draw at Palace denied United the chance to win a 10th successive game.
Redknapp: Arteta dancing around his living room!
Jamie Redknapp from Sky Sports:
“We said before the game about Casemiro: Don’t get a yellow card, don’t book. Because it’s very important that they need him on Sunday. He gets booked in the 80th minute and from that moment on, it took a force out of Manchester United.
“It affected them a lot. They knew their talisman and the most important player in that defensive unit was gone. It was a bit of a crazy moment.
“He was angry with his team-mate Bruno Fernandes who jumped the challenge and that’s why he ended up getting booked. It would have been a red card. It’s an outrageous challenge.
“I could see Mikel Arteta dancing around his living room. Nobody can do what he does in the team. He’s a reckless, reckless challenge.
“As a player in that position, all his life and all his career he’s been making these tackles. He knows he has to be booked sometimes and it was just an instinct – it’s all he knows how to do. He can’t help himself. He’s thinking about the team and he doesn’t want to make that challenge.” Because the consequences are too great.
“He was furious there with his player. He had to drop Zaha because he didn’t want the other team to score. It’s just instinct.
“It’s very important. It looks like they’re going to have to bring in Fred or Scott McTominay [on Sunday].
“If you look at Arsenal at the moment, with Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka – that midfield is working really well. I can only see it’s benefiting Arsenal in a huge way. They’ve got a lot of confidence now and that makes the Red Hot favourites.
“He’s one of the most important midfielders not only at United but in the Premier League, some teams do well when they have certain personnel. He feels dangerous and he will be sorely missed with what he brings to the team. Arsenal? It’s exactly what they wanted to see today and he is Big news at the time.”
De Gea questions United’s midfield match schedule, Casemiro
Responding to Casemiro’s comment, United goalkeeper David De Gea questioned why his team had to play a midweek game before Super Sunday Struggle, compared to a free week of preparation for Arsenal Arteta.
United’s trip to Palace, originally scheduled for September but postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, was rearranged on Wednesday night with just 10 days’ notice.
Talking to Sky SportsDe Gea said: “[It’s a] Big blow to lose Casemiro on Sunday.
“I don’t get it, why aren’t Arsenal playing, we have to play in the same week and they don’t play.
“Now we miss one of our best players. I don’t understand. Now we miss him in a big game and it’s a big loss for us.”
Watch Arsenal vs Manchester United live on Sky Sports Premier League on Super Sunday; Kick-off at 4:30 pm