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Erik ten Hag plays down Casemiro's suspension

‘We beat them last time without him!’: Erik ten Hag plays down Casemiro’s suspension with the midfielder to miss Man United’s showdown with Arsenal… and hints he ‘has an idea’ of how to deal with the rampant Gunners

  • Casemiro will miss Manchester United’s trip to Arsenal through suspension
  • He was shown his fifth yellow card of the season against Crystal Palace  
  • Erik ten Hag has said his United side ‘have an idea’ of how to cope without him
  • He also praised the Gunners, saying Mikel Arteta’s side have a ‘winning attitude’ 

Erik ten Hag has warned Arsenal that Manchester United have a plan to compensate for Casemiro’s absence at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Brazil star has been hugely influential for United since signing from Real Madrid for £65million in the summer, but he will miss this weekend’s game after picking up a one-match ban for a booking at Crystal Palace in midweek.

However, Casemiro only played the last 10 minutes as a substitute when Ten Hag engineered a 3-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford in early September, and the United boss believes he has a game plan to beat the Gunners again.

Manchester United will be without star midfielder Casemiro for their game against league leaders Arsenal this weekend

Manager Erik ten Hag has said he has ‘an idea’ of how to help his side cope in the game

That was Arsenal’s only Premier League defeat of the season, with Mikel Arteta’s side going on a 12-match unbeaten run – including 10 wins and two draws – to open up a five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table.

United are a further three points behind in third place and Ten Hag is determined to seize the opportunity to make up ground on his opponents.

‘We beat Arsenal last time without Casemiro. We have an idea of how to deal with that,’ said the Dutchman, who must wait to find out if Anthony Martial and Diogo Dalot have recovered from injury in time.

The Brazilian picked up his fifth booking of the season in midweek against Crystal Palace

‘It is obvious they are in a really good run and I think they deserve the position where they are now. It is a really good structure, how they play.

‘It is a really good mentality and a winning attitude in the team. That is why they are top of the list. They are in a great run. It is up to us to beat (stop) their run and we will do everything to do that.

‘In the moment we played them, you could see the manager and the coaching staff were already working for a long time on the team. You see really good structures on the team.

‘They have even improved during the first half of the season. There is a really good spirit in their team, so we know what to do. We have to be really good. We need a really good performance. But if we do, I think we have a good chance also to get out of that performance a good result.’

ten Hag was full of praise for the job Mikel Arteta has done with the Gunners this campaign

Arsenal are five points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a game in hand




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