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Man Utd keeper De Gea: Casemiro suspension a major blow
Man Utd keeper De Gea: Casemiro suspension a major blow

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea admits Casemiro’s suspension is a major blow after Sunday’s draw with Southampton.

Casemiro was given his marching orders just 34 minutes into the game, following a challenge on Saints attacker Carlos Alcaraz. The Brazilian looked to have won the ball, before the follow-through of the tackle caught Alcaraz, and referee Anthony Taylor initially issued a yellow card.

“The tackle was a normal tackle,” said De Gea to MUTV. “But then, he touched the ball and the ball made his leg go a little higher and he hit the player of Southampton. He was very unlucky.

“We suffered a bit. To play for 70 minutes with 10 players is tough. But like I say, we showed good team spirit and we kept trying till the end and we nearly scored a goal.”

Casemiro will now be suspended for United’s next four domestic games, due to it being his second red card of the season.

“Of course, it is tough to miss Case for four games,” admitted the Spanish goalkeeper.

“It is a lot. But we have a big squad. Everyone is ready to play. Again, the players from the bench did an amazing job today. So, everyone is ready. Everyone who is set to play in that [midfield] position is going to play good. But of course, he is going to be a huge miss for us.”

“It is crazy the amount of games we are playing. It is tough. It looks simple, but it is very tough to play every two or three days. Players are running a lot. We don’t have much time to recover. But everyone is trying their best. You can see in every game we fight and we try our best.

“Of course, some games like today, you miss one player, players are going to get tired and you can drop some points.

“But let’s keep going, we have two more big games next week.”

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