Why Ten Hag must drop Casemiro for FA Cup semi-final after another poor outing against Bournemouth

 

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag faces a crucial decision regarding the starting lineup following another disappointing performance from Casemiro in their recent outing against Bournemouth.

 

The Red Devils extended their winless streak to four games with a 2-2 draw at the Vitality Stadium, where Bruno Fernandes salvaged a point with two goals.

Casemiro’s display was particularly lackluster, as he struggled to impose control from the defensive midfield position.

With a €70 million price tag, expectations were high, but the Brazilian midfielder fell short, losing possession 19 times and completing only two out of seven long balls.

His passing accuracy of 82 percent in comparison to Kobbie Mainoo’s impressive 92 percent completion rate.

 

Mainoo showed his prowess in the central midfield role, especially during Casemiro’s absence due to injury.

With Mason Mount as his potential midfield partner, Ten Hag should consider reinstating Mainoo to the number six position for the upcoming FA Cup semi-final against Coventry City at Wembley Stadium.

United’s hopes of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League are dwindling, leaving the FA Cup as their best chance for silverware this season.

However, they must not underestimate Coventry City, as any defensive vulnerabilities could be exploited by the Championship side on the counter-attack.

Despite being favorites, United cannot afford to take their opponents lightly.

Ten Hag’s decision to reshuffle the midfield could provide the necessary stability to secure a victory and keep their FA Cup dreams alive.

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