Liverpool icon Jose Enrique has warned Casemiro that he must realise the Premier League is ‘more competitive’ than La Liga. The Manchester United midfielder has been the Red Devils’ most significant player this season but is about to serve his third suspension of the season.
Casemiro was sent off for the second time this campaign in United’s goalless draw with Southampton last weekend. His studs-up challenge on Carlos Alcaraz got here just weeks after he was dismissed for grappling the neck of Crystal Palace midfielder Will Hughes.
Enrique – who dismissed claims that the United star is a ‘liability’ – believes Casemiro’s two red cards have come because of this of the Brazilian not realising how competitive the Premier League is. The 31-year-old is now set to miss 4 matches.
“I feel Casemiro has been unlucky with the sending-offs recently, however it was a red card against Southampton and I do not see how anyone can say otherwise,” Enrique told DAZN.
“But Casemiro isn’t a liability to this Manchester United team, he’s modified the mentality of the squad and made them into winners. Without him, Manchester United wouldn’t be in the identical position as they at the moment are. He’s a world-class midfielder who has won every little thing.
“Casemiro obviously doesn’t wish to get sent off, he misjudged a tackle and fouled the player. But he must get used to the Premier League where teams are more competitive, it is not similar to La Liga where Real Madrid and Barcelona are superior to all the opposite teams within the league.
“There may be players price £25m-£30m in every team within the Premier League so it’s going to be harder, it’s the very best league on the earth. Possibly Manchester United should sign one other defensive midfielder who can replace Casemiro in certain games when he’s been sent off or has injuries.”
United boss Erik ten Hag has played down Casemiro’s importance ahead of a four-game spell without the previous Real Madrid midfielder. The Red Devils have won 2.3 points per game with Casemiro starting, in comparison with just 1.4 points per game without their key man within the starting 11.