Following humiliating defeat to Brighton, Manchester United fans find new scapegoat in Casemiro after Harry Maguire, David de Gea

Anyone who witnessed the first fifteen minutes of Manchester United vs. Brighton would have expected the Red Devils to get a resounding victory. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, as the Red Devils were seriously hammered on their home turf. They lost three goals to one, and Casemiro came under heavy fire for his poor performance.

Casemiro had a remarkable debut season with Manchester United following his £60 million transfer from Real Madrid. His contributions were instrumental in the team’s success, including winning the League Cup, reaching the FA Cup final, and securing qualification for the Champions League. However, the 31-year-old Brazilian has struggled since the start of the new season.

Manchester United fans blame Casemiro for latest humiliation

Casemiro was taken off in the game against Brighton, as Manchester United lost 3-1 to the visiting side. United struggled in their conversion, and it was thought that Casemiro, who had misplaced quite a number of passes, would make way for Zidane Iqbal.

Casemiro’s start to the new season has been way below standard. He has faced criticism from Manchester United fans, and pundits like Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness due to the fact that no other player in the Premier League has been dribbled past more than him. This statistic has raised concerns and led to scrutiny of his defensive abilities and performance on the field.

A United fan on X tweeted, “Casemiro is one of our biggest problems, and I stand by it.

“If your transitional defense is tragic, you must ask questions about your supposed holding midfield player.”

Another X user expresses their frustration at Casemiro’s terrible form, saying;

“I didn’t want to believe it, but I genuinely think Casemiro is done. Horrendous for a while now, can’t remember his last good game.”

The only pundit who seems to have defended Casemiro is Keown, an ex-Arsenal defender who said, “Casemiro has been sitting deep with Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes further forward, either side of him.”

“United are the Premier League’s worst culprits for letting opponents dribble past them, and Casemiro tops the list. But it does not help that the 31-year-old Brazilian is often left on his own to deal with the flood of opposition players coming through the middle.”

“In the defeat by Arsenal, when keeper Andre Onana had the ball, Casemiro was dropping between the centre-backs. That takes United’s most combative midfielder away from the centre and tasks Eriksen and Fernandes with winning the ball back when they lose possession.”

Brighton defeat Manchester United

Manchester United has had a horrendous start to the 2023-24 Premier League season, securing only six points out of fifteen in their last five games.

Before the recent game, Brighton had a strong record against Manchester United, having won 7-1 on aggregate in their last four encounters. Additionally, they achieved a league double over United for the first time during the previous season, which was considered one of the most successful campaigns in their history.

As expected, it was a tricky fixture, with Erik Ten Hag’s men dominating in the first 15 minutes of the game and squandering a few chances. Things took a sudden tragic turn when Welbeck opened the scoring for Brighton.


Danny Welbeck, who used to be a Manchester United player, managed to score a goal against his former club. Additionally, Rasmus Hojlund believed he had equalized for Brighton just before halftime, but the goal was disallowed. There were no substitutions during the halftime break, and Brighton continued to perform strongly.

Brighton added another goal shortly after the second half began, and they extended their lead to 3-0 with 19 minutes left in the match. Hannibal Mejbri, who came off the bench as a substitute, scored a consolation goal for Manchester United.

Do you think Casemiro is to be blamed for Manchester United’s failures? Tell us what you think in the comments.


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