Casemiro has been told he is “doing too much” this season at Manchester United, with Erik ten Hag’s squad struggling.
Despite his positive numbers, however, Casemiro has received criticism for his overall performances and was recently sent off after conceding a penalty in the recent Champions League loss against Galatasaray.
After signing for United in August 2022, Casemiro’s goal contributions came as a surprise to many – his seven goals and six assists helped United lift their first trophy in almost six years, including scoring first in the Carabao Cup final.
Louis Saha, however, believes that rather than Casemiro’s poor performances this season coming down to an issue with him, it is instead because the midfielder is being asked to do too much.
“I’m concerned by the link between the players,” Saha told BetFred.
“Casemiro is such a huge name and was a key player for Manchester United last season and he’s going to be one of their best players again when the team finds the right balance. At the moment he’s doing an awful lot and almost playing like a number ten.
“He’s trying to create for his side and play more passes than some of Manchester United’s players that are in more advanced positions up the pitch. Why is this the case? This isn’t his main role. He’s being asked to do too many things at the moment and it’s a key indicator that the right balance isn’t there at present.
“Casemiro isn’t a number ten, but he now seems more advanced up the pitch than I’ve ever seen him before. I don’t remember seeing Casemiro score ten goals a season for Real Madrid, but it seems as if he’s already on course to do that for Manchester United this season with four goals before October.
“The team is asking too much of him at this moment in time and other players need to step up and perform. Players such as Mason Mount need to provide Manchester United with creativity to allow Casemiro to perform his primary job of protecting the defence.”
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