Erik ten Hag explains why Casemiro was replaced at half-time against Newcastle and offers injury update
More injury woe for the United boss...
Erik ten Hag’s side crashed out of the Carabao Cup after a disastrous 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Casemiro was back in the starting XI having missed his side’s last two league matches having picked up a knock while on international duty.
Wearing the captain’s armband with Bruno Fernandes on the bench, the former Real Madrid star endured a disappointing first-half, booked as Newcastle eased into a two-goal lead.
The 31-year-old was replaced at half-time by Sofyan Amrabat with ten Hag explaining in his post-match press conference it was an enforced change.
‘He was injured,’ ten Hag said. ‘Just before half-time, he got an injury so that’s why we had to take him off.’
On how long he will be out for, ten Hag added: ‘I can’t give an answer on that, we have to wait 24 hours but I think definitely for Saturday he’s out.’
United have suffered back-to-back 3-0 defeats at home with pressure growing on ten Hag ahead of a pivotal run of fixtures.
After their trip to Fulham, his side head to Copenhagen where his side realistically need a win to keep their Champions League hopes alive. United are back at Old Trafford to host Luton Town on 11 November.
Ten Hag sought to take responsibility for Wednesday’s latest setback, insisting there is ‘no space for excuses’ after another dismal showing from his side.
‘It is below the standards you expect at Manchester United,’ ten Hag said. ‘It’s not good enough by far, we have to put things right.
‘I take responsibility for it, it’s my team and they’re not performing. I share it with my players but I’m responsible.
‘As a team we aren’t good enough, whatever the reasons are. There is no space for excuses. We have to do things better, we have to raise standards otherwise you never get the right levels or results.’
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