Teddy Sheringham compares 'midfield general' Casemiro to Roy Keane

Teddy Sheringham compares ‘midfield general’ Casemiro to former Manchester United captain Roy Keane… and suggests the influential Brazilian felt the need to ‘enforce’ himself against Crystal Palace leading to his red card

  • Teddy Sheringham claims Casemiro has driven standards at Manchester United
  • Sheringham compared the Brazilian to former Red Devils’ captain Roy Keane
  • Casemiro will serve a three match ban after his red card against Crystal Palace 

Teddy Sheringham has compared Casemiro to his former Manchester United team-mate Roy Keane, claiming the Brazilian is the midfield general the club had been missing.

Casemiro has been hailed since his £70million move from Real Madrid to United in the summer, with the 30-year-old having played a key role in the Red Devils improvement this season under manager Erik ten Hag.

Manchester United will have to cope without Casemiro for the next three Premier League games, after the Brazilian was shown the first red card of his career against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Casemiro had been seen with his hands around the throat of Crystal Palace’s Will Hughes, leading to referee Craig Pawson showing the midfielder a straight red card following a VAR check.

Sheringham told talkSPORT the midfielder could be compared to Keane, who drove standards as Manchester United captain during the forward’s four seasons at Old Trafford.

Casemiro will miss Man United’s next three matches after his red card against Crystal Palace

Casemiro’s influence has been compared to Manchester United’s former captain Roy Keane

Sheringham won three Premier League titles in the United team led by Keane, including playing a key role in their treble season in 1998-99.

‘All I will say about Casemiro is I think he is like a Roy Keane that they have been missing for the last eight years,’ said Sheringham, who scored 46 goals in 153 games for United.

‘That midfield general that has that desire and understanding of the game of when to do what to make sure that his team are performing to the best of their capabilities.

‘He’s not just worried about himself, I do like him. 

‘Perhaps he thought he had to enforce something at the time [of his red card].’

Casemiro will be absent for United’s two upcoming clashes with Leeds in the Premier League, as well as the match against Leicester.

The influential midfielder will be available for the Carabao Cup final against Newcastle.

Keane last month had described Casemiro as a ‘huge player’ at United, after seeing the midfield look noticeably weaker when he was serving a one-match suspension against Arsenal.

Teddy Sheringham suggested Casemiro drives standards like former United captain Keane

Keane last month lauded Casemiro’s impact since joining Manchester United last summer

‘He’s a big personality, has won the big trophies before,’ Keane said. ‘He affects games, is obviously very good defensively and pretty good on the ball, let me tell you.

‘Big strong boy, big personality – he makes the players around him better, that’s what great players do.

‘Sometimes you realise how good a player he is when he’s not in the team.

‘That’s what great players do, they affect games, they make things happen.’

Manchester United manager Ten Hag had criticised the decision to single out Casemiro is the melee during their 2-1 win, suggesting Crystal Palace players should also have been punished for their involvement.

Ten Hag had suggested Casemiro had been attempting to protect his team-mates, but admitted the midfielder had ‘crossed the line’.

Gabriel Agbonlahor disagreed with the talkSPORT pundit claiming Casemiro ‘should be arrested’, having compared his actions to a ‘UFC move’.

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