Former Old Trafford defender Mikael Silvestre says Casemiro’s return to action in Manchester United’s Europa League tie against Barcelona will provide a boost to his teammates due to his experience.
The Brazilian has missed United’s last two games through suspension following his red card against Crystal Palace for violent conduct. He too will miss Sunday’s clash with Leicester but he is eligible to play Barcelona on Thursday as the domestic bans will not carry over to European competitions.
His availability will be a relief in more ways than one for Erik ten Hag. Casemiro’s experience in midfield has been sorely missed and he is likely to play the whole game given the limited options available in midfield.
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January loan Marcel Sabitzer is suspended for the match after picking up three yellow cards during Bayern Munich’s Champions League group stage campaign, with rules dictating that European bans apply to all players. UEFA competitions.
Meanwhile, Scott McTominay is a doubt with Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek with long-term injuries. Fred is therefore likely to partner with Casemiro.
Lisandro Martínez will not be able to play the first leg due to suspension after accumulating three yellow cards in the group stage, including one received after being harshly judged for having touched in the area for the winning penalty in the defeat against Real Society.
As a result, Casemiro’s vigilance on defense will be highly valued. Talking with him Manchester evening newscourtesy of bettingexpert.com, Silvestre backed Casemiro to “shine” against Barcelona.
He suggested that the linchpin, who played in 19 El Clásico for Real Madrid, would bring the steady quality needed to fend off the likes of Gavi, Pedri and Robert Lewandowski. “I have to say that Casemiro could shine in that game,” Silvestre said.
“He is one of the best players in his position and that was the reason Man United bought him in the first place. No disrespect to the clubs, but they didn’t buy him to play against Wolverhampton and Brentford.
“Man United bought Casemiro because they want to compete in this type of relationship. All young players can look at him and his presence will help inexperienced players a lot. I also think that he is really looking forward to that game against Barcelona because of his stage at Real Madrid ”.