Casemiro eviscerated by Gary Neville: ‘He’s taken some criticism – he’s going to take some more’


Casemiro responds following Arsenal's goal.

Casemiro's week couldn't get any worse as he was blamed for making a simple mistake during the first half of the Manchester United versus Arsenal match on Sunday.

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Casemiro received a lot of criticism for his actions during the Crystal Palace match on Monday. His performance wasn't good and as a result, United lost 4-0. Moreover, during the match against Arsenal at Old Trafford, he made another mistake in his defensive efforts which allowed Leandro Trossard to score the first goal for Arsenal.

Due to United's string of injuries, a 32-year-old player was put in the centre-back position. Sadly, he didn't move forward after the ball was kicked out, which caused Kai Havertz to be within the play zone and cross for Trossard to score shortly after.

During his commentary on Sky Sports, Gary Neville reckoned that the decision made by Casemiro to remain so deep on the field was a "fundamental blunder" and that there was not any acceptable justification for it.

Neville shared that Casemiro has been receiving negative comments lately and is likely to receive more. He pointed out that Casemiro needs to move faster once he passes Sofyan Amrabat. Neville also mentioned that Casemiro tends to jog instead of running when the ball is being played, which could lead to trouble if he doesn't take action.

Trossard executes the classic move of a top-notch winger by cutting towards the goal in a diagonal fashion, leaving the opposing full back out of position. Wan-Bissaka falls prey to this tactic and ultimately allows the opposition to score an effortless goal.

Given the immense experience Casemiro has in soccer, it is highly likely that he noticed the ball had stopped moving and where Havertz was positioned, so he needed to react faster and get up quicker.

It is certain that he will face difficulties. During his time in the studio, it was suggested that he required extra protection. However, this was a mistake. He must rise more swiftly and not dawdle, as there is no justification for this.

The commentator Roy Keane commented afterward: "Casemiro should have rushed forward. He must have done it. I don't understand what he's playing at. Why did he position himself in such a foolish way towards the goalkeeper?"

You don't need to rush at full speed, but you should definitely move forward! The game is already tough, so it's important to execute the fundamental moves correctly, and he failed to do that. Someone who's been playing for a while knows how to advance on the field.

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