Manchester United midfielder Casemiro might find himself relegated to the bench when the club takes on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the upcoming Premier League fixture on Thursday night.
The Brazilian international made his much-anticipated return from injury during the FA Cup fourth-round victory over Newport County at Rodney Parade yesterday.
While Casemiro started strongly, contributing to United’s rapid 2-0 lead within 13 minutes, his performance waned in the second half, leading to his substitution in the 81st minute.
With a passing accuracy of just 66 percent, Casemiro struggled to assert his presence, winning only four out of 11 duels and conceding possession a staggering 17 times.
Additionally, he committed four fouls, earning a yellow card in the process.
It’s evident that Casemiro fell short of his usual standards.
Therefore, it wouldn’t be surprising if he finds himself benched for the forthcoming match at the Molineux Stadium.
Kobbie Mainoo, who has impressed in the number six role during Casemiro’s absence, could reclaim his position in midfield.
Against Newport, the young talent performed admirably, scoring a goal, completing 87 percent of his passes, and being dispossessed only five times.
Mainoo may be accompanied in midfield by either Christian Eriksen or Scott McTominay,
while Casemiro might feature as a substitute considering his recent return from a lengthy injury layoff.
Valued at €30 million, Casemiro appeared somewhat sluggish in his first appearance in nearly three months.
Manchester United can ill-afford a similar performance against a formidable Wolves side away from home.