Manchester United’s tactics in the opening two games of the season have left Casemiro overworked in midfield, which has befuddled many observers.
Casemiro hasn’t been faultless, but some of the analysis has been misguided. According to The Telegraph, Jamie Carragher has led the charge, branding the midfielder a “panic buy.”
Danny Murphy, of all places, has emerged as a surprising voice of reason in support of the Manchester United midfielder.
‘Wonderful player’ Casemiro
Danny Murphy defended Casemiro and poked fun at Graeme Souness’ strange comments about the midfielder last season, which referred to him as a “steady Eddie.”
“He’s a holding midfielder; if he was playing in a midfield with a better defensive, tactical set-up, he wouldn’t look as isolated as he has in the first two games,” Murphy remarked.
You don’t win the Champions Leagues [five] he’s won playing in Madrid for the years he had if you’re a ‘Steady Eddie’ – you don’t stay in that team.
‘He’s better than a “Steady Eddie” and very good on the ball; he can see a pass and score a goal.’
The successful collaboration will be resumed.
Manchester United will adjust their midfield formation this weekend due to Mason Mount’s injury.
This is wonderful news for Casemiro, who will be reunited with Christian Eriksen. Last season, they enjoyed a fruitful collaboration.
It’s also worth remembering that Casemiro started last season slowly due to his late transfer. He was unstoppable after a few games, and maybe he will be back to his best soon, proving the criticism to be an overreaction.