Manchester United have decided not to appeal Casemiro’s sending off against Southampton, with the player set to miss their next four matches.
He was shown a red card by referee Anthony Taylor 11 minutes before halftime in the goalless draw with the Saints.
The Brazilian midfielder’s tackle on Carlos Alcaraz had been adjudged to be a yellow card offence on first viewing.
But VAR Andre Marriner called Taylor to the pitchside monitor and it was changed to a red card. It was Casemiro’s second sending off in three League games and marks a blow to their hopes of turning their recent poor form around.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Erik ten Hag had no issue with the decision. He shook Taylor’s hand at full-time, with the Red Devils deciding against appealing Casemiro’s suspension.
He will now miss the FA Cup quarter-final against Fulham, the Premier League game against Newcastle, the visit of Brentford and Everton clash. In total, he will have been suspended for eight matches since the turn of the year.
Casemiro was consoled by Antony, Martinez and Che Adams as he left the pitch, as well as sharing an embrace with Alcaraz. But United were able to hold on to a point, but David de Gea insisted Casemiro had been “unlucky”.
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“I think Casemiro was unlucky. He tried to touch the ball and his foot came up high. I think the referees need to show more consistency. Sometimes they show a red card and sometimes they don’t,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s going to be tough, he’s a big player. We will miss him for four games but we have a big squad. We have players coming from the bench who do well. We will keep working hard.
“It should be a game to win today but the game changed when we lost a man in the team. We tried our best to score but it was difficult. They had some chances but in the end we showed good team spirit. We have to take the point and keep going.”