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Erik ten Hag responds to Casemiro’s nightmare performance after Man Utd’s defeat to Crystal Palace

Manchester United's Casemiro reacts following the Premier League match at Selhurst Park
Casemiro had a game to forget as Manchester United were hammered by Crystal Palace (PA)

Erik ten Hag refused to criticize Casemiro after his poor performance in Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday evening.

The 32-year-old had a night to forget at Selhurst Park as Palace capitalized on two of his mistakes in their comprehensive victory over United.

Casemiro was at fault in the build up to both of Michael Olise’s goals and had his head in hands in front of the United supporters after the full-time whistle.

When asked about Casemiro’s struggles after the defeat to Palace, Ten Hag said: ‘As you say, you can’t put this to one player, it’s a team performance.

“The throw-in when we concede the first goal, that shouldn’t happen, that’s the team because we don’t follow the rules, we don’t adapt to a slightly different situation to organize, to keep control of that situation.

‘Five players over the ball and they have a throw-in, it’s not possible.’

Casemiro of Manchester United looks dejected after his side conceded a second goal.  Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Casemiro was at fault for two of Crystal Palace’s goals in their 4-0 win against Manchester United (Shutterstock)

Ten Hag also said of Palace’s opening goal in the first half: ‘There are five players there and that is a goal that shouldn’t happen because we really give clear instructions of how we should defend this.

‘They didn’t bring it on the pitch and we got hammered.

‘But, it was what they showed but also, the left side, there were two players doubling up on one player and so that is very poor defending.’

Meanwhile, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has urged Casemiro to leave United this summer, claiming that the 32-year-old is now finished ‘at the top level’.

I think Casemiro, deadly serious, should know tonight as an experienced player that he should only have another three games left at the top level, the next two league games and the cup final, and then he should be thinking, ‘I need to go to the MLS or Saudi’.

I’m deadly serious. His agent, the team of people around him, they need to tell him, ‘this has to stop’.

“They (United) pay him off and do some sort of deal. But that level of that player, he shouldn’t be putting himself through this.

‘He is too good of a player to put in a performance like that and being laughed at by Crystal Palace. He’s not playing Manchester City or Real Madrid, with all due respect to Crystal Palace.

‘A man of that level should not be going through what he’s going through now and he needs to call it a day.’

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