Erik ten Hag, manager of Manchester United, has hinted that he may have a surprise plan in place for the trip to Arsenal on Sunday without the suspended Casemiro.
Ten Hag’s side had the chance to go second and close the gap in midweek when they drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace thanks to a stunning last-minute equalizer from Michael Olise.
To make matters worse, Casemiro received his fifth booking of the season that evening, ruling him out of Arsenal’s game.
Since being introduced to the United starting XI in October, the Brazil international has been in imperious form, playing a significant role in United’s unbeaten run, which now stands at ten games.
United have already defeated Arsenal this season without Casemiro, with Scott McTominay partnering Christian Eriksen in central midfield. Ten Hag also has Fred available for Sunday’s match, with the Brazilian in good form.
Last Saturday, ten Hag chose Luke Shaw at center-back in the Manchester derby against Manchester City, leaving Lisandro Martinez out of the lineup. The risk paid off, with Shaw contributing to United’s 2-1 victory over Erling Haaland.
‘We have a plan, and I believe it is a good plan. It’s similar to how you have to surprise Man City at times.
‘We have a good plan, we talked about it when we had to give the instructions to the players, we train [with] it, and tomorrow we have to go and challenge them.’