Manchester United midfielder Casemiro will have a key role to play during Sunday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle United in the Premier League.
The Red Devils picked up a third-straight victory in all competitions on Thursday, but they were made to work hard against a defensive Omonia unit.
Their goalkeeper Francis Uzoho was in excellent form over 90 minutes, but was finally beaten by Scott McTominay in stoppage time for the winner.
United’s finishing was all over the place against the Cypriot side. They will need to be much better against the Magpies, who will also offer an attacking threat.
One player that will be crucial at Old Trafford on Sunday will be Casemiro, who is set to start as the holding midfielder with Scott McTominay suspended.
The Brazilian has started three games on the bounce for the Red Devils. He produced another solid showing against Omonia, winning as many as 12 duels.
He also had 94 touches with 66 passes alongside four tackles and two interceptions.
Despite the positives, one can be critical over his tendency to be dispossessed. He lost possession on a staggering 15 occasions while being dribbled past three times.
It did not prove costly against an Omonia outfit, who were focused on defending, but Casemiro will need to step up to ensure that United dominate Newcastle.
Bruno Guimaraes was in sparkling form in the 5-1 win over Brentford last weekend with a brace and Casemiro will be key to limiting his attacking prowess.
United’s summer signing has shown an improvement in his performances after a difficult start to the season and Sunday’s challenge will be a crucial one for him.
With McTominay suspended for accumulating five yellow cards, he has the opportunity to make the number six position his own with another stand-out showing.
Stats from SofaScore.com