As the highly anticipated Manchester derby against Manchester City approaches, Manchester United is facing some uncertainties regarding Casemiro’s inclusion in their starting XI.
The Brazilian midfielder spent extra time in South America last week while recovering from an ankle injury sustained during international duty. This injury had led to his suspension for the Champions League victory over Copenhagen. Following his return to training on Monday, it was anticipated that he would regain full fitness. However, Erik ten Hag, United’s manager, confirmed on Friday that Casemiro is “not 100 percent” and engaged in a “race against the clock” to be ready for the derby.
Kobbie Mainoo is another player who is close to returning to full fitness after suffering an injury in preseason. He recently featured for United’s Under-18 team, signaling a step closer to his eventual return to the first team. Ten Hag still faces the absence of several key defenders, including Luke Shaw and Lisandro Martinez. Consequently, Harry Maguire is expected to retain his position ahead of Victor Lindelof.
Although Aaron Wan-Bissaka is currently unavailable, Manchester United has confirmed his return to full training during the week. One significant question looms for the Red Devils – the composition of their midfield. Casemiro is competing for a spot alongside Scott McTominay, Mason Mount, and Sofyan Amrabat.
Predicted Manchester United XI: Onana; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Reguilon; Casemiro, Amrabat; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund
Injuries: Shaw, Martinez, Malacia, Wan-Bissaka, Amad
Doubts: Mainoo, Casemiro
Match Details: Date and Time: Sunday, October 29, 2023, 3:30 pm GMT Venue: Old Trafford