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When is Casemiro available for Man Utd next after suspension?

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Wednesday evening went rapidly downhill for Manchester United and their fans in a very short spell of time.

Erik ten Hag’s side were 1-0 up away from home against Crystal Palace and seemed to be on their way to a tenth consecutive victory, something the club hasn’t done since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Not only was getting the three points to keep the pressure on Arsenal and Manchester City vital, but United also wanted to ensure they did not see Casemiro get booked, as that would lead to a suspension for the match against Arsenal at the weekend.

The overall performance from United was uninspiring with the second half providing very little in the way of chances for either team. With around 10 minutes to play, Crystal Palace began to commit more players forward and that’s what caught Casemiro out.

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After receiving a loose pass from Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro had to bring a runner down as he headed towards the 18-yard box and the referee had no choice but to hand out a yellow card. The tackle was arguably closer to a red than yellow and Casemiro did not protest at all.

That is the Brazilian’s fifth yellow card of the season in the Premier League which means he is suspended for the match against league leaders Arsenal on Sunday. The Gunners can go 11 points ahead of United with a game in hand if they win at the Emirates.

They would have only been able to get nine points ahead had Michael Olise not thundered in an incredible free-kick in the 91st minute of the game at Selhurst Park to make it 1-1. It will likely be the goal of the month for January and could be a contender for the goal of the season.

Ten Hag and the United players looked bereft as the final whistle sounded.

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Ten Hag made the decision to start Casemiro against Palace / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Missing the Arsenal game is a major blow for Casemiro but, as Ten Hag pointed out after the match, United beat Arsenal without Casemiro earlier in the campaign and now they need to do it again. That game ended 3-1 at Old Trafford but Arsenal looked menacing for much of it.

“He’s a really important player for us and a reason we’re in this position,” Ten Hag told BBC Sport. “But last time we beat Arsenal without Casemiro. We need to do it again. We’re winning, controlling the game and an unlucky moment. We don’t have time to react. We have to take that and move on and make the best plan for Arsenal.”

It will be some time before United fans can watch Casemiro in the Premier League again because the game after Arsenal is away at Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup semi-final. That is followed by the FA Cup fourth-round tie with Reading.

February kicks off with the second leg against Forest at Old Trafford, so Casemiro’s next Premier League game will come against – get this – Crystal Palace on February 4.

It is assumed either Fred or Scott McTominay will take the place of Casemiro against Arsenal. Neither will be able to perform at his level, though. He has played 76% of United’s Premier League minutes this season and has been the definition of consistency.

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David de Gea sends message to Man Utd teammates about blockbuster Barcelona tie

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David de Gea has shared his thoughts on Manchester United being drawn against Barcelona in an
exciting Europa League play-off tie.

The Red Devils were pitted against Barca after failing to top their Europa League group – that honour went to Real Sociedad as a result of a superior goal difference.

Barcelona, meanwhile, dropped out of the Champions League after failing to overcome Bayern Munich and Inter, in arguably the most difficult group of this season’s competition.

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The Europa League has introduced a new play-off round, pitching the runners-up against the teams that finished third in their Champions League group, and United drew Barcelona in the draw that was made at UEFA’s headquarters on Monday.

It’s arguably the hardest draw that De Gea and his teammates could have received, but the former Atletico Madrid stopper has no qualms with coming up against quality opposition at this stage of the tournament.

“We know Barcelona is a great team, I think they are playing well,” De Gea told United’s official website. “If you want to win the Europa League, you have to play against the best teams and Barcelona is [one of these].

“It’s one for the fans and we will try our best to win both games.”

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De Gea added that he’s aware it will be a big challenge for United, but was keen to stress the importance of focusing on every other game in the build-up to the tie.

“There’s still a lot of time [before we have] to play the Europa League games so we have to be focused on the rest of the games [before then].

“Of course, playing against the best teams is always a challenge, so we need to be very ready to play against Barcelona and to play against any team that we have to play against.”



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