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Erik ten Hag contradicts himself with his decision of benching Casemiro

By Harry Smith

Erik ten Hag contradicts himself with his decision of benching Casemiro

Erik ten Hag included Antony in the line-up, but continues benching Casemiro

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When Manchester United first announced the starting XI that Erik ten Hag has chosen for today's match against Arsenal at Old Trafford, most fans complained after seeing that both Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo have been benched once again by the 52-year-old Dutchman, while the new signing Antony will be a starter.

When the manager was asked why did Antony will start, he said that he already knows his style as he has already played under him when they were together at Ajax for the last two years. Despite this, it is surprising to see Antony in today’s line-up because he has only trained with his new teammates two times.

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On the other hand, Carlos Henrique Casemiro was signed from Real Madrid three weeks ago and hasn’t started a single match ever since he set foot in Manchester. Erik ten Hag claims that he needs time to adapt to the new league and his new teammates in order to start playing right from the kick-off.

This argument makes the new manager contradict himself since he is starting Antony today when he was just signed earlier this week. He hasn’t trained for two weeks because he missed the last training sessions with Ajax when he was trying to force his move to Manchester United. Casemiro was playing regularly with Madrid and has been training for the last three weeks.

The other problem

Cristiano Ronaldo is another player that the fans are complaining that he isn’t starting. The Portuguese striker had also been benched in the last four games and it is just a matter of time before he and Casemiro start showing their anger by the lack of minutes they are having on the field.

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