Ten Hag Finally Explains Why He Benched Casemiro For McTominay In The Derby Loss To City

Ten Hag has explained why he chose to go with Scott McTominay instead of bringing in Casemiro for United’s game against City on Sunday.

“On the day we signed him, we started to win. The team was doing well. It’s not against Casemiro, it’s for McTominay.

“I’m sure he’ll be important for us, in the short term he’ll find himself in the team, but it has to come in a natural way.”

Even ex-Premier League Rafael Van der Vaart has described Erik ten Hag’s decision to start Scott McTominay over Casemiro in Sunday’s 6-3 defeat against Manchester City as “stupid”. “Ten Hag should have started playing Casemiro straight away,” said Van der Vaart.

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“McTominay starts performing and Man United start winning and then of course he can’t put McTominay out of the team anymore. I find this very stupid from him because you are creating your own problem.”

Hopefully, Casemiro finds his feet soon enough and it is likely he’ll be given a chance to do that against Omonia in the Europa League this week.

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