Gabriel Agbonlahor predicts Casemiro to ask for a more prominent role at Manchester United
Manchester United midfielder Casemiro has been tipped by Gabriel Agbonlahor to ask for a more prominent role in the team. The Brazilian has not started a game yet for the Red Devils.
Casemiro arrived from Real Madrid this summer and brought with him a huge reputation to Old Trafford. However, Erik ten Hag has opted to start Scott McTominay ahead of the Brazilian.
Speaking to Football Insider about the Scotland international keeping Casemiro out of the starting XI (h/t Express), Agbonlahor, who spent 13 seasons at Aston Villa, feels the Brazilian will have a word with Erik ten Hag if the situation remains the same.
“I am, to be honest. I feel like Casemiro, give it one more game and he’ll be thinking ‘Hang on a minute, what’s going on here? You signed me for £60million, get me in the team. I don’t care if McTominay’s doing well, you’re not signing me to sit on the bench’.”
United started the season poorly. The new gaffer lost his first two competitive games in the Old Trafford dugout. And the manager made some big changes to his side after that.
McTominay has impressed
Ten Hag made some bold decisions keeping the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire out of the starting XI. The duo have not started a game for the Red Devils either since the Brentford game. And it has paid off for the Dutch manager so far.
Starting from the Liverpool game, the starting lineup has remained the same, barring one change up front. And United have gone on to win four games in a row in the Premier League.
McTominay has been a big part of that success. And Ten Hag has decided not to tweak the thing that is working for the time being. This has seen Casemiro come to play cameos as a substitute.
The Brazilian has come off the bench against Southampton, Leicester City and Arsenal in the league. The 30-year-old has not looked sharp. It evidently takes most new signings some time to fit into a different system.
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For the time being, McTominay is doing what he is supposed to do. It does not make sense to change a winning formula.