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Troy Deeney names Manchester United star as “most disappointing” Premier League player he’s seen



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Former Premier League striker Troy Deeney has had his say on which Manchester United player has been the most disappointing player in the league this season.

Troy Deeney scored 47 goals in 165 Premier League appearances during his six-season spell at Watford, for a career total of 182 goals across the English game.

With a wealth of domestic experience under his belt, Deeney has manoeuvred into a pundit role since he left Forest Green Rovers and has had his say on who he feels has been the most disappointing player this season.

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At Manchester United, Casemiro has very much underperformed during his second campaign under Erik ten Hag after staring in his first. He has suffered multiple injuries and has seen his physical capabilities decline as a result.

Due to the club’s injury crisis, he has been deployed as an auxiliary central defender during the club’s last six games, but they have conceded 13 goals during this period.

Deeney’s choice

Speaking in The Sun when asked to name his most disappointing player of the season, Deeney admitted that the Brazilian midfielder was his choice due to the expectations he originally had of the former Real Madrid man.

“Casemiro. I never expected him to have the legs or to run around everywhere or to be the best defensive midfielder in the world,” Deeney explained.

“What I did expect was for him to use his vast experience and know-how at Manchester United to get them through tough times and to be a consistent presence.

“He has been anything but — and United have suffered massively as a result.”

Casemiro’s admission

Casemiro has admitted that although there have been a few mistakes during the last month in his unfamiliar new role, he feels as if he has been helping the club by leading through example.

“Everyone knows I’m not a centre-half,” he told club media. “I’m a holding midfielder, that is what I’ve been all my life, but my philosophy is, you know, when you’re in a team, you do things to help that team and help your team-mates out. That’s the key.

“There are different types of leaders. You know, there are leaders who show and lead by example. I guess that’s maybe what I’ve been doing. Leading by example. I mentioned before that the manager asked me to fulfil that role in defence and I did it with great pleasure.

“You know there might be the odd error because I’m not a centre-half, but it’s still doing your best for my teammates. I know they’ve been going all out and trying really hard to help me out there on the field in this new role.”