Erik ten Hag has built a spine at Manchester United by signing Andre Onana in goal, Lisandro Martinez in defence, Casemiro in midfield and Rasmus Højlund in attack but central midfield remains the Dutchman’s most pressing issue at Old Trafford this term.
Casemiro isn’t the only midfield addition Erik ten Hag has made at Manchester United, Mason Mount and Christian Eriksen also arrived at Old Trafford for a combined fee of £60m.
Casemiro is one of the best midfielders of his generation and he enjoyed an impressive debut campaign at Manchester United but he appears to be a liability this season. The Brazilian was a serious driving force behind Man United’s third place finish and Carabao Cup triumph last term and he was described as the final jigsaw in Erik ten Hag’s missing puzzle.
However, Manchester United has fallen down to 9th position in the Premier League table and Casemiro’s current decline cannot be ignored any longer. Just 11 games into the new campaign, Casemiro’s body seems to be failing him and Manchester United are on a brink of exiting the Champions League in the group phase.
There is plenty of blame to go around for Man United’s awful start to the ongoing campaign but Casemiro seems to be biggest problem that Erik ten Hag must tackle, if the Red Devils are to stand any chance of reviving their poor start to the 2023-24 campaign.
Which clearly leads us to the main central message of this article. Below are two reasons why Man United must consider dropping weak link Casemiro after the October international break.
Lack of pace
Casemiro turns 32 in February 2024 and his lack of pace will be an obvious weak link in Erik ten Hag’s team.
The Red Devils has conceded 19 goals this term across all competition and Casemiro has been directly involved in three errors resulting to goals against Erik ten Hag’s team.
Exposure at the back
No matter the standard of the opposition, Manchester United are being easily torn wide open this term and Andre Onana is simply not doing enough as the last line of defence.
Casemiro is a liability in Erik ten Hag’s team and the Dutchman must take a drastic action once the October international break is over.