Graeme Souness has expressed concern about Casemiro's history of disciplinary problems, calling it "astonishing".

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March 18th 2023

Graeme Souness has expressed concern about Casemiro's history of disciplinary problems, calling it
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Casemiro is about to sit out Manchester United’s next four matches (Picture: EPA)

Graeme Souness has labelled Casemiro’s disciplinary record over the last few seasons ‘astonishing’ and warns the Manchester United midfielder that he has already earned a reputation among referees in England.

The Brazilian midfielder is suspended for the Red Devils’ next four domestic matches after picking up his second red card of the season against Southampton last weekend.

Souness does not think the 31-year-old is demonstrating a nasty side, but does feel that he is clearly getting himself on the wrong side of referees on a regular basis as he has been booked 53 times since the start of the 2019/20 season.

The Liverpool legend warns Casemiro that a reputation can be hard to get rid of when referees have something in their mind, and there may well be more cards to come when he returns.

Casemiro at Manchester United is not a dirty player, either, but he does have a record,’ Souness told the Daily Mail. ‘Consider this: in his last three-and-a-half seasons for Manchester United and Real Madrid, he has been booked 53 times! That is astonishing.

‘He has also been sent off three times, his latest red coming against Southampton last weekend.

‘As I say, I don’t think he is a malicious player but over the course of his 10-year career he has averaged about 15 yellows a season and you don’t rack up numbers like those by accident.

‘The upshot of his second red card for United in a short space of time is that when he returns from his four-game ban he will find referees looking out for him — and not in a good way.

‘In football, a reputation as being someone who likes to play on the edge of the law can be hard to shake.’

Casemiro will miss this Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Fulham, then Premier League clashes with Newcastle, Brentford and Everton.

Erik ten Hag recognises the midfielder’s influence on his team but insists that the Red Devils can perform without the impressive Brazil international.

‘We have had many more games without Casemiro,’ Ten Hag told a press conference when asked about the midfielder’s absence. ‘We have done really well without Casemiro.

Ten Hag will have to do without Casemiro for the next four matches (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Against Arsenal, the two against Leeds, I remember all the games and I think we did really well also without Casemiro at the start of the season.

‘I want to have Casemiro available, because he has a huge impact on our game.

‘We also won many games without Casemiro and we have to do it with other players. It’s about the players who are available.’

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