Manchester United failed to get back to winning ways in the Premier League but extended their lead over fifth-placed Liverpool to eight points following a 0-0 draw with Southampton.
Erik ten Hag made a brave call before the game, choosing to play with just one out-and-out midfielder as Bruno Fernandes partnered Casemiro.
Roughly 30 minutes into the game, Casemiro was handed his marching orders and it looked like United could lose at Old Trafford for the first time since August.
A resilient showing in the final 60 minutes ensured their impressive home record stayed intact, however. There were a number of questionable decisions from the referee, Anthony Taylor, and Erik ten Hag has commented on his performance after the game.
"This game was influenced by the referee" 😤
Erik ten Hag questions the officiating in Manchester United's 0-0 draw against Southampton… pic.twitter.com/poB1NDdH9E
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 12, 2023
“Big compliments to the team. They showed big characer to play so long with 10. They were physically and mentally strong to get a point,” Ten Hag told Sky Sports, as seen above.
Quizzed further on Casemiro’s dismissal, Ten Hag seemed to question the refereeing in the Premier League altogether.
“Casemiro played over 500 games in Europe and never once got a red card. Now he has two in the Premier League. His absence is not the issue. We will deal with that. This game was influenced by the referee.”
Casemiro is now set to miss United’s next four games, having picked up two straight red cards in his last three Premier League appearances.
The Brazil international will be unavailable for league games against Newcastle, Brentford and Everton as well as next weekend’s FA Cup game against Fulham.
Talking is not enough just appeal the decision. When doing that compare Casemiro challenge to what was done to Ganacho and ask about penalty denial when one of the opponent player just moved his hands to block the ball while down.