Did summer signing and fellow midfielder Sofyan Amrabat have a hand in Casemiro’s impressive display? It’s something that Laurie Whitwell, a United writer for The Athletic, assessed during the discussion.
Amrabat and Casemiro started together in a United XI for the first time on Tuesday. Although the Moroccan played at left-back in the first half, he regularly took up midfield positions while the Reds had the ball and Whitwell suggests that may have provided the Brazilian with more freedom to make an impact in attack.
“I was actually surprised that he [Casemiro] started the game [against Palace] and played all the game. So, maybe Ten Hag is looking at that situation, thinking Casemiro needs a bit of regularity to kind of get up to speed because maybe he’s not quite at the level that he was.
“Palace were quite passive, weren’t they? So, I expect they’re going to be a bit different on Saturday. But I think having Amrabat there, stepping into midfield and providing that support alongside enabled Casemiro to think, ‘Okay, I’ve got a bit more licence to go forward on this occasion.’
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