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Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo might have just played their last match in a long time

By Harry Smith

Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo might have just played their last match in a long time

Both former Real Madrid superstars have wasted their opportunity tonight

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Manchester United lost 0-1 in their opening game of the UEFA Europa League against Real Sociedad at Old Trafford. The Red Devils were the clear favorites as they were coming into the game with four consecutive wins in the Premier League. Maybe the announcement of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II before the game left a mark on the players who didn’t perform well.

Erik ten Hag decided to make some rotations in the squad and give some regular players a well-deserved rest while giving an opportunity to the ones that haven’t been playing in the last couple of games so they could show what they bring to the table.

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This was the case with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Casemiro, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who haven’t been playing recently. Maguire and Ronaldo hadn’t started a game since the 4-0 defeat against Brentford four weeks ago. This was Casemiro’s first start with the Red Devils and Lindelof was coming back from an injury.

The former Real Madrid stars, Casemiro and Ronaldo, were the ones who fans were demanding that should be given the opportunity to play the full 90 minutes of a match. However, the proved that the manager was correct in not including them in the starting XI recently as they were the worse players on the pitch tonight.

They could be back on the bench

With both of them sitting on the bench, Manchester United have actually looked like a great team and have beaten the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal. Scott McTominay is playing so much better than the new Brazilian midfielder, and Marcus Rashford has scored three goals so far this season, while CR7 is yet to score a goal.