Manchester United midfielder Casemiro put in an impressive performance during the 1-0 win over Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
The Red Devils had a commanding 4-1 lead from the first leg of the round of 16 tie at Old Trafford but manager Erik ten Hag still opted for a strong line-up.
Betis tried their utmost to find the back of the net but they could not find a way past David de Gea.
Meanwhile, there were no surprises that Marcus Rashford bagged the winner. He missed an easy sitter but made amends with a stunning 30-yard strike just moments later.
Rashford was the man of the match for his splendid goal but in our opinion, Casemiro was brilliant in midfield again, winning a number of key duels and tackles.
The Brazilian was at the risk of a European suspension with another booking, but he still managed to put in an impressive display while controlling his aggression.
Over 90 minutes, the 31-year-old had 106 touches, providing 63 passes. He won 11 duels and four tackles. He was dribbled past on a few occasions but that was acceptable.
Casemiro would have normally tried to foul his opponents in their stride, but did not commit a single one yesterday as he was wary of receiving a third yellow card of the campaign.
With yesterday’s game, Casemiro is no longer at risk of being suspended in Europe with the yellow card history being wiped. He will now have to wait a while for his next United appearance.
The midfielder is suspended for the next four domestic games after his sending off against Southampton. Hence, he won’t play again until the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final on April 13.
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