Going into Manchester United’s midweek game away to Crystal Palace, Casemiro was on four bookings in the Premier League, one away from a yellow-card suspension.
As a result, the midfielder had to make it through the match without receiving a yellow to avoid missing the game against Arsenal.
Yet in the 80th minute, Casemiro scythed down Wilfried Zaha to pick up an obvious yellow – the card could arguably have even been red.
CASEMIRO BOOKED! 🟨
The Man Utd midfielder is now suspended for the game against Arsenal 👀 pic.twitter.com/BSVAsGyVyL
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 18, 2023
The former Real Madrid man will now be unavailable at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, and David de Gea suggested that’s a major disappointment for United.
“Big blow to lose Casemiro for Sunday,” de Gea said. “I don’t get it why Arsenal don’t play as we have to play in the same week and they don’t.
“Now we are missing one of our best players. I don’t understand. Now we miss him for a big game and it is a big loss for us.”
Though it’s true that Arsenal didn’t have to play in midweek and United did, that wasn’t Arsenal’s choice.
In fact, many supporters have been repeatedly asking the Premier League when they plan on rescheduling the Everton fixture that was initially postponed four months ago.
On current form, Everton at home seems like a great game to play, and there have been plenty of opportunities to book it in with both teams exiting the League Cup early. Yet the league organisers continue to delay and delay.
Whilst de Gea was clearly downbeat, manager Erik ten Hag was bullish about United’s chances without Casemiro.
“Last time we beat Arsenal without Casemiro,” ten Hag said. “Casemiro is obviously a really important player for us and he is one of the reasons that we are in the position that we are now.
“We have a squad and we have to fill that gap and make a proper plan and the squad has to fill it. As a team, we already showed how to beat Arsenal.”