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Rio Ferdinand says Casemiro will feel ‘disrespected’ by Erik ten Hag after sitting back on the bench
Rio Ferdinand has suggested Casemiro will feel ‘disrespected’ over his non-selection from the start in Manchester United’s defeat to Manchester City.
Casemiro watched as his team-mates trailed 4-0 by halftime, with City’s four-pronged attack on Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland.
The Brazilian was eventually introduced on the hour before Scott McTominay, but by then his chance to heavily influence the game had long passed.
Casemiro was another non-starter in the league when Manchester United went under
Speaking on the day after United’s tough defeat, which seemed to further prove the rift between the two clubs, Ferdinand said he would be “surprised” if United’s £70 million summer signing didn’t feel “disrespectful” to his current non-profit. selection in the Premier League, with Erik ten Hag having so far preferred McTominay.
Ferdinand told his Atmosphere with five show: ‘The geeze (sic) didn’t get a chance, he didn’t get a fair lash. He has come in and played in a Europa League match against a dead team.
“He hasn’t gotten a start in the team when he’s fit and ready, he’s regressed in terms of fitness, so he’s worse off now than when he came. He had yet to get up to speed when he came from that competition to this competition,” he added.
Rio Ferdinand suggested the Brazilian will feel a bit ‘disrespected’ in his current situation
“I wonder what impact it will have on someone like him. Yeah, he’s got experience and stuff, but he’s got to sit there thinking ‘wow, I’m happy to be here at Man United, but I feel a bit disrespected here, considering what I’ve done’. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t feel that way.
“He’s there and I’ve won five Champions Leagues with this team (Real Madrid),” he said.
‘I think we will’ [see Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro play], but I think it’s the context of the games they’re playing in – they could be playing a midweek Europe game. That won’t suit them.’
He was eventually introduced after an hour, but had little chance of influencing the game
Ferdinand added that Ten Hag now saw the difficult ‘subplots’ of selection management, problems the former England defender had nothing to do with at Ajax.
‘These are the subplots that Ten Hag has to deal with. This is what management is about, he has to manage that type of player, that type of ego, the pride that comes with these types of players,” he said.
“If you don’t play, you see a difference in the way they look at you now, and you have to deal with that.
The two former Real Madrid team-mates, Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo, solemnly cut on the bench as they watched their side fall to a 4-0 deficit at halftime
‘He didn’t have those problems at Ajax with the players he had, he had a lot of control, the master of the universe there. Here you have big egos to deal with and that’s the job when you come to a top club.’
Ferdinand went on to disdain the idea that Casemiro was incompatible in midfield alongside Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes, saying he had managed to play with two ‘snails’ in Toni Kroos and Luka Modric at Real Madrid.
“I’ve heard people say today: ‘When he plays, he needs legs around him, he can’t play with Eriksen and Bruno.’ This guy was playing with two snails in it [Luka] Modric and Toni Kroos – he just knows his way around a football field.’
Meanwhile, Ten Hag also received criticism from Roy Keane over his ‘disrespectful’ treatment of Ronaldo in the defeat at City.
Erling Haaland led a rampant City attack that blew United away within 45 minutes of the derby
Keane told Sky Sports: “I think Man United show no respect for Ronaldo. I think he should have been released before the [closing] from the window.
“Okay, you’re the manager, you need options, but you’re not holding Ronaldo to sit on the bench. He is one of the best players ever.
“He’s played it in one or two European matches. It just gets uglier as the season goes on.
“When he sits on the bench for United week in, week out, it just gets uglier. I think United have shown nothing but respect for Ronaldo.”