Saturday, September 16, 2023

Harry Maguire deserves to be in Manchester United line-up and Casemiro needs dropping – he looks 45!

Manchester United should start Harry Maguire and Casemiro needs to be dropped pronto.

That is the view of talkSPORT pundit Gabriel Agbonlahor, who has ripped into the Red Devils following their 3-1 defeat against Brighton at Old Trafford.

United were beaten 3-1 by Brighton, who looked in control throughout

Casemiro was taken off in the 65th minute following a dismal displayGetty

It is the fourth time in a row that the Seagulls have claimed victory over United in what was another embarrassing show for the home side.

Danny Welbeck, Pascal Gross and Joao Pedro all got on the score sheet before Hannibal grabbed one back, but it was too late.

There were horror performances all over the pitch, with Agbonlahor picking out Casemiro for his lacklustre display.

The ex-Aston Villa star, who spoke to Jamie O’Hara on talkSPORT’s GameDay Phone-In, also could not understand how centre-back Maguire does not get a game.

He said live on air: “Jamie, where do I start. Brighton had 659 passes at Old Trafford. More shots on target, more possession – 57 per cent. It was a stroll in the park for Brighton.

“I am watching the game, at no time did Brighton ever feel like they couldn’t pass it out from the back.

“No matter who was pressing, they found it so easy to get through and create chances. That was like a training ground game, especially the second half.

“Casemiro! Casemiro looked like he was 45 running around that midfield. He had to bring him off on the 65th minute for Hannibal, a young lad, because he was that bad.

Casemiro was berated by Agbonlahor and O’HaraGetty

“It was a training game for Brighton.”

“Casemiro looked about 45 when he was running around the pitch…”

“Maguire deserves to play in that team. Let’s keep the same energy for Martinez.”

Gabby Agbonlahor rips in to Man United after their 3-1 loss against Brighton

— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 16, 2023

“You know what else wound me up today? Let’s see the same energy for Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof.

“Martinez for the Gross goal, he has tried to make a block, he’s got fake-shot by Gross and scored in the back of the net.

“If that was Harry Maguire, you would not hear the end of it, ‘he’s terrible get him out the side’.

“Harry Maguire must be looking around that changing room now thinking, ‘how am I not getting a chance in this team?’

“Martinez could not even play from the back, giving the ball away, Lindelof as well. Harry Maguire deserves to be in that team.

“So let’s see the same energy, all you tweeters, whoever you are, let’s see the same energy for Martinez at the back, for Casemiro, who can’t get around the pitch, not just pick on Harry Maguire.”

And O’Hara agreed regarding Casemiro, saying: “Casemiro looked like his legs were gone today and Man United fans can argue with me give me whatever fitness stats they want.

“I am telling you now, three or four times in midfield today, he stopped running because it looked like his legs had gone. He gave up.

GettyAgbonlahor believes that Maguire should be starting for United[/caption]

“It was like ‘I can’t catch him’. He looked so out of sorts.”

While United toiled, the fans voted with their feet after leaving when Pedro’s strike went in as well as booing Erik ten Hag’s decision to take Rasmus Hojlund off.

And it does not get much easier for the Red Devils, who face Bayern Munich next in the Champions League.

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