Casemiro tipped to confront Ten Hag over lack of Man Utd game time

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Manchester United star Casemiro could confront Erik ten Hag over his lack of playing time if he continues to be overlooked, Gabriel Agbonlahor believes. The Brazil international only arrived from Real Madrid a few weeks ago. However, he’s yet to make a single Premier League start in the time since…

Manchester United had initially been eyeing the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Adrien Rabiot earlier in the transfer window.

However, when it became apparent the Red Devils would be unable to acquire the pair from Barcelona and Juventus respectively, they then proceeded to land Casemiro instead.

The Brazil international is one of the game’s biggest winners, having scooped five Champions League titles throughout his glittering spell at the Bernabeu.

Yet he’s yet to make a single Premier League start in the time since joining United.

And Agbonlahor, speaking to Football Insider, thinks he’ll be having showdown talks with Ten Hag if he continues to miss out on a place in the Dutchman’s starting XI.

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“I am, to be honest,” he said when asked if he was surprised at Scott McTominay keeping Casemiro out of the team.

“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’.

“It just shows that when a big player comes in sometimes other players step their game up.

“I feel McTominay has definitely stepped his game up.”

Casemiro is yet to kick up a fuss at United and is expected to get a first start for the Red Devils when they lock horns with Real Sociedad on Thursday night.

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He’s appeared to be in good spirits in training ahead of that showdown, with the Brazilian spotted with a smile on his face.

Yet if Casemiro doesn’t get unleashed from the start, it will raise yet more questions over his arrival.

Speaking ahead of the match with Sociedad, Ten Hag has admitted he’ll rotate while also recognising he can’t keep every individual in his squad happy.

“We have to win every game, and we want to win every tournament, so we have to take everything serious,” he said.

“We not only have a team, we have a squad, that’s clear. But we have to win every game. That is the mentality that Manchester United needs.

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“Maybe I cannot keep them all happy every game but everyone gets their game-time if they perform well, it’s quite clear.

“But what I say, we need everyone – we have a lot of games to cover.

“There is a lot coming in front of us, and the national teams of course – the World Cup – but also all of the cups in England.

“The Europa League where we are now getting in and, of course, the Premier League.”

And, on picking McTominay over Casemiro specifically, the former Ajax boss added: “You can see it like that.

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“When a team is acting well, when players are acting well, I think we have more than 11 starting XI players and then you stay in that’s clear.

“The team is improving, it’s getting better, but, on the other hand, for players who are not now in the team, we know they can, at any moment, they can come in and they will do the job.

“And they can maybe even do it better than the players who are in but you’ll never know.

“I know that you need more than 11 players to get successful and I know we have a really good bench in this moment and also, when they come on, they really contribute to the success we have now.

“That is also what we expect but I know also that the players on the bench, they will have their games as a starting-XI player.”

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