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Casemiro hasn't been given 'fair crack of the whip' by Man Utd & will be feeling 'disrespected', claims Ferdinand

  • Joined Utd for £70m in the summer
  • Ferdinand baffled by lack of minutes
  • In line for rare start in Europa League

WHAT HAPPENED? Casemiro arrived at Old Trafford from Real Madrid in a £70 million ($80m) deal during the summer transfer window, bringing to an end his illustrious nine-year spell at Santiago Bernabeu. The five-time Champions League winner has since been unable to secure a regular spot in Erik ten Hag's starting XI, much to the confusion of former United defender Ferdinand, who feels he is being harshly treated.

WHAT THEY SAID: "The geezer (Casemiro) hasn't been given a chance. He hasn't been given a fair crack of the whip. He's come in and played in a Europa League game against some dead team," Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel FIVE. ''He hasn't been given a start in the side when he's fit and ready, he's regressed in terms of fitness, so he's worse off than when he came. He must be sitting there and thinking; 'Wow, I'm happy to be here at Manchester United, but I'm feeling a little bit disrespected here, given what I've done'. I'd be surprised if he's not feeling like that."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Casemiro has only seen 82 minutes of Premier League action for United to date, with his latest cameo from the bench coming in a 6-3 derby defeat to Manchester City. The Brazilian is being kept out of the team by Scott McTominay, but is also competing for minutes alongside his compatriot Fred and Christian Eriksen.

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WHAT NEXT FOR UNITED? Casemiro could be in line for a rare start when United resume their 2022-23 Europa League campaign with a trip to Omonia Nicosia on Thursday night.