Which Man Utd matches will Casemiro miss after red card vs Crystal Palace?
The Manchester United midfielder was sent off in the 69th minute following an altercation with Will Hughes.
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The Red Devils looked set for a comfortable win midway through the second half at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford which had given United a 2-0 victory. But a straight red for Casemiro on 69 minutes changed the game, with Palace scoring soon after via Jeffrey Schlupp.
United were then forced to defend deep in the latter stages, and Erik ten Hag ended the game with four centre-backs on the pitch as they repeatedly denied Palace attackers the chance to get on the ball and create chances. Andre Marriner’s full-time whistle sounded after seven minutes of injury-time and was met with jubilant scenes at Old Trafford, as the Red Devils extended the gap to the chasing pack for the Champions League places.
But the red card for Casemiro added a sour note to the day, with the Brazilian given his marching orders for grabbing Palace midfielder Will Hughes by the throat following a heated exchange between both teams.
The suspension will prove especially frustrating for Ten Hag given United have a lack of midfield options at present. The United boss will have almost no choice other than to select a three-man midfield of Fred, Bruno Fernandes and Marcel Sabitzer for the next three matches.
Casemiro will be forced to sit out the upcoming double header against Leeds United next week and the home meeting with Leicester City after that. He will, however, be available to play in the Europa League clashes against Barcelona and the Carabao Cup final on 26 February against Newcastle United.
In fact, the former Real Madrid man will next play in the Premier League on 5 March when United travel to Anfield. Since signing for United in the summer, Casemiro has missed just one match in all competitions, the 3-2 loss to Arsenal last month.
Games Casemiro is set to miss: Leeds (H) - 8 Feb, Leeds (A) - 12 Feb, Leicester (H) 19 Feb