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“Very risky”- Manchester United teammate gives verdict on Casemiro playing centre-back

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Manchester United's Brazilian midfielder Casemiro looks on during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on October 30, 2022

Martin Dubravka gives verdict on Casemiro playing at centre-back

Speaking in an interview with MUTV as quoted by Manchester Evening News, Manchester United’s second-choice shot-stopper Martin Dubravka has given his verdict on his teammate Casemiro playing as a centre-back.

Casemiro slotted in seamlessly in that position last night against Burnley in the absence of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane who are both missing out after international duty and Harry Maguire who was down with an illness.

The former Real Madrid man did not show signs of playing in an unfamiliar position at all but to be fair, Burnley are not the toughest team to face with all respect to them and it remains to be seen how Casemiro fares against bigger teams.

Ideally, considering the options Man United have at centre-back, Casemiro must not have the necessity to play in that position. However, in case of an eventuality, they do now know that they have another option in that position.

Casemiro is likely to return to his favoured position in the upcoming games at the base of midfield. He will be hoping to put in a good performance following up from the impressive World Cup he had in Qatar.

Speaking about Casemiro playing as a centre-back, here is what the Newcastle United loanee had to say

“I think he is very comfortable with the ball at his feet, so you could see that today. Some of the balls were very, very risky but he can handle the situation, he can handle the pressure. I think he did very well.”

Casemiro of Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Casemiro of Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester United have a match against Nottingham Forest up next, a game in which they will be hoping to make a winning return to the Premier League. Erik ten Hag will be hoping his team can put in a good performance.

How the Reds Devils cope up remains to be seen but if they can have a better second half to the season, they can genuinely push for a top-four spot and look to get back to playing the Champions League next season.

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Manchester United also have the Europa League to fight for this season and let’s see if they can end their long wait for a trophy. It is more or less expected that Casemiro does not play in that position, with Maguire already struggling for minutes behind Varane and Martinez.