Casemiro’s absence due to injury is a major concern for manager Erik ten Hag as Manchester United prepare for their match against Sheffield United tonight. Casemiro initially sustained an ankle injury while representing Brazil, but after completing a full 90 minutes in his country’s game against Uruguay, it appeared that his worries had subsided. However, he has since remained in Brazil to recover from the knock, which will keep him out of the Yorkshire game.
In contrast, Sofyan Amrabat, who withdrew from the Moroccan squad due to reported injury concerns, has returned to training in Manchester and is expected to be part of the squad this weekend. Ten Hag provided some reassurance, stating, “It’s disappointing that Casemiro picked up an injury but it’s not too bad. I’m sure and confident he will be back for the next games, so very short notice. The good thing is also that Sofyan Amrabat is available.”
On a positive note, Raphael Varane and Sergio Reguilon are both back in good health after the international break. Victor Lindelof is also “ready to play” despite a distressing week with the Swedish national team, which had their match against Belgium abandoned at half-time due to a terror attack in Brussels.
However, several players are still sidelined for Manchester United, including Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Tyrell Malacia. With these absences, Ten Hag faces a crucial decision regarding Scott McTominay, who played a pivotal role in the previous match against Brentford, scoring two goals as a substitute.
Here is the predicted Manchester United starting lineup for the game: Onana; Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Reguilon; Amrabat, McTominay; Fernandes, Mount, Rashford; Hojlund.
Injuries: Shaw, Malacia, Wan-Bissaka, Mainoo, Amad, Martinez, Casemiro
Doubts: Reguilon, Varane, Amrabat
Casemiro’s injury leaves a significant void in United’s midfield, and fans will be eager to see how the team adapts in his absence against Sheffield United.