Manchester United have found the ideal solution to Casemiro’s suspension a head of Arsenal clash
With the game against Premier League leaders Arsenal at the weekend, Manchester United fans believe they have discovered a response to Casemiro’s ban.
It’s not often that conceding two points to a club in the bottom half of the standings due to a last-minute goal is perhaps the second worst thing that’s happened on the field, but it’s an argument United could have made on Wednesday night.
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However, losing their Brazilian talisman for the forthcoming game against the league leaders could be considered the worst aspect of the game for Erik ten Hag.
They took to social media to suggest that Lisandro Martinez might fill the role, with the hashtag ‘Martinez CDM’ trending on Twitter.
“Get Martinez on the Red Bulls and put him in CDM on Sunday, and he’ll send Thomas Partey into row Z,” one fan predicted of the clash with Arsenal’s own defensive midfielder, who is in superb form.
“Against Arsenal, Luke Shaw CB and Martinez CDM. “I believe we have a chance,” said another.
A third explained the reasoning behind the move, stating the World Cup champion possessed the necessary passing range for the position, “Start Martinez at cdm against Arsenal. His demise is also beneficial.”
A fourth opined, summarizing why he needed to play there, “Do you play Martinez at CDM now against Arsenal? I really don’t trust Scott McTominay to do it.”
And another agreed, continuing, “Martinez should play CDM on Sunday, we’ve got absolutely no chance if McTominay starts there. Martinez at CDM, Shaw at CB & Malacia at LB, gotta be that.”
The Argentina defender has played in midfield previously for Ajax but it was a number of years ago, and Ten Hag’s previous comments suggest it won’t happen.
Speaking to ESPN in July 2021, when the team was still in the Eredivisie, the manager stated, “Daley Blind lacks the sprinting ability to play in midfield. Martinez doesn’t either.”
Obviously, the subject of who will play in place of Casemiro on Sunday is important, but so is the question of who will grab a photo with a pitch invader without the Brazilian on the field.