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Casemiro admits that Manchester United “panicked” against Coventry City



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Casemiro has admitted that the entire Manchester United team “panicked” during their FA Cup semi-final against Coventry City at Wembley Stadium.

Manchester United clinched a spot in the FA Cup final against Coventry City after an intense penalty shootout, leaving fans on edge throughout.

Despite holding a commanding 3-0 lead with just 20 minutes remaining, Erik ten Hag‘s squad suffered a dramatic collapse, allowing three goals before the final whistle.

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However, United ultimately emerged victorious in the shootout, although Casemiro has admitted that the team panicked in the last 20 minutes of the tie.

“It’s hard to explain…”

Speaking to TNT Sports after the conclusion of the semi-final, Casemiro expressed great honesty as he admitted that the side lost control of the game.

“It’s hard to explain. It’s a bit like our team this season,” the Brazilian said. “Very high and low in the same game.

“I’d say 70, 75 minutes, it was a calm game, a controlled game. Then a team in panic. I think it’s always the team. It’s not one or two players, a team panic. We lost control of the game. It’s very hard to have these highs and lows.”

The injuries hurt

Speaking further, he also addressed the fact that he had to play in defence alongside Harry Maguire, explaining that Maguire himself was injured.

“Today I played as a defender,” Casemiro told TNT Sports. “We have six defenders. H [Harry Maguire] was injured.

“He played injured this game. Since the beginning [of the game], he was injured. He played injured in the last match.

Casemiro also alluded to the fact that United’s multiple defensive injuries have hurt the side greatly.

“I played as a central defender. I don’t know how many injuries we have from different players. I think it can never be an excuse for such a big team with so many players. But it ends up hurting.”