Manchester United will have to wait until after the international break for the next chance to return to winning ways in the Premier League, with this afternoon’s game against Southampton ending in a 0-0 draw.
It was far from dull, however, with several key incidents dominating headlines after the game. Most crucially, Casemiro was controversially sent off after roughly 30 minutes by referee Anthony Taylor.
The red card is Casemiro’s second of the season and also the second in his last three games, meaning he will now miss the next four domestic games.
It looked like Southampton were going to claim control of the game but United showed resilience and battled their way to what in the end will be seen as a good point.
Erik ten Hag was far from impressed after the game, however, as the Dutchman questioned the referee by using Casemiro’s spotless disciplinary record prior to coming to the Premier League as an example.
Casemiro will be a huge miss for United as they continue their chase to nail down a place in the Champions League places and now, team-mate Antony has sent the midfielder a message of support on Twitter.
Estaremos sempre juntos, irmão!! Levanta a cabeça, temos muito pela frente!! 👊🏽👊🏽 @Casemiro pic.twitter.com/QiSQmF50oP
— Antony Santos (@antony00) March 12, 2023
“We’ll always be together, brother! Raise your head, we’ve got a lot ahead of us!” Antony wrote on his official Twitter account.
Casemiro’s dismissal means that he will now have missed a whopping eight games through suspension in his maiden campaign and considering he had not been sent off once prior to joining United, the refereeing must be questioned.
The red card against Southampton was questionable and it would not be surprising to see if United appealed the decision. They decided not to appeal the red card against Crystal Palace due to the risk of not having him available in the Carabao Cup final last month.