It has become more apparent that new signee, Casemiro is set to get starting role stamped at Manchester United amid a looming suspension issue ahead of the derby match against Manchester City.
What could be his first Premier League start is likely going to occur sooner as the Brazillian is yet to make his complete league debut for the Red Devils since joining from Real Madrid for a sum that could increase to £70 million.
However, this could change in the following weeks. Erik ten Hag has settled on a midfield of Scott McTominay and Christian Eriksen behind Bruno Fernandes.
McTominay, on the other hand, is about to be suspended. In his first six league outings, the Scotland international has received four yellow cards.
McTominay has only missed one league game this season, a 4-0 defeat to Brentford in August. He is certain to start against Manchester City on October 2.
He will, however, go into the game knowing that one mistake will rule him out of the following league game. Following City, United will face Everton, Newcastle, and Tottenham.
In the Premier League, the threshold for receiving a ban does not rise to 10 yellow cards until a club has played its first 19 games of the season.
In order to escape a ban, McTominay must stay out of the referee’s notebook for the next 13 games.
The 25-year-old is one of six English Premier League players who are one yellow card away from punishment.
Joao Palhinha of Fulham is the only player to have received five yellow cards and will thus miss his team’s match against Newcastle on October 1.
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Casemiro would be a prime candidate to replace McTominay. The Brazilian has been limited to three substitute appearances in the Premier League thus far, although he has started one of the two Europa League group stage games.
Graham Hunter, a Spanish football specialist, has stated that Casemiro would have to alter his playing style to match that of United.
He said: “Unique is a big word, but Real Madrid’s style is so unique that it’s impossible that Casemiro plays identically to how he’s done in his glory years with them.
“I don’t think that’s the way he’s going to be asked to play at United, though. I’m very hopeful that he will adapt to what’s around him.
“He’s proven to be a genuine winner. He has been central to a Real Madrid side which has been there or thereabouts in La Liga and the Champions League for a long time.”