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Man Utd: Lindelof can play Casemiro role, claims Goldbridge

Man Utd: Lindelof can play Casemiro role, claims Goldbridge - Manchester United News

YouTuber and TalkSport contributor Mark Goldbridge has urged Manchester United to play Victor Lindelof as a holding midfielder this weekend as Casemiro continues to serve his suspension.

The Lowdown: Midfield injuries

Erik ten Hag’s side are currently without three central midfielders due to injury, with Scott McTominay, Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek all carrying some form of knock.

Meanwhile, Casemiro is unavailable due to his red card against Crystal Palace last week. The Brazilian was sent off after putting his hands around the throat of Will Hughes.

This past week saw the Red Devils opt to play Fred, Marcel Sabitzer and Bruno Fernandes in midfield in their previous Premier League clash with Leeds United, with a trip to Elland Road to come against their midweek opponents.

The Latest: Lindelof holding midfielder?

Speaking on The United Stand, Goldbridge pitched his starting XI for Sunday’s meeting and justified why he would put Lindelof in the holding-midfield role.

He stated: “Casemiro can’t play, so the question is, who are you going to make play the holding midfielder? And I don’t think Sabitzer or Fred can do that. I think it’s a big ask, defensively.

“So I would play Lindelof. I’d give Lindelof a go. Lindelof’s not going to make runs into the box that Casemiro does to score goals. He’s probably not going to hit the sort of passes that Rashford’s benefited from Casemiro, but he can certainly drop in between the two centre-backs.

“He can certainly take the ball off the centre-backs, and he’s certainly defensive and combative because he’s a centre-back.”

The Verdict: Selection conundrum

In our view, it’s a difficult situation for Ten Hag, as his recent injury crisis and Casemiro’s suspension has limited his midfield options.

We believe there are three candidates to play that holding midfield role in Sabitzer, Fred and Lindelof, as they’ve all played there in the past.

Going by most recent experience, Fred is probably the best to slot into that position. He’s played there in the Premier League this term, whilst Lindelof and Sabitzer have played there considerably less often and haven’t operated there in the 2022/23 campaign to date.

Ten Hag has certainly done a stellar job with Man United this season, so in our view, we trust him to get it right when selecting his team for the trip to Elland Road, but we don’t feel he needs to take an unnecessary risk despite Goldbridge highlighting Lindelof’s versatility.

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