Casemiro ‘forgets offside rule’ to gift Arsenal goal against Man Utd | Football | Sport

Casemiro appeared to forget the offside rule in the build-up to Arsenal’s opening goal against Manchester United. The midfielder-turn-defender was seen casually jogging out from the back, allowing Kai Havertz to stay onside.

The goal had come against the run of play, with United starting well in the Manchester sunshine. Rasmus Hojlund spurned the hosts’ best chance of the early period, but it was Leandro Trossard who broke the deadlock 20 minutes in, sweeping home Havertz’s drilled cross into the penalty area.

Had Casemiro been more alert to the danger, the goal would’ve likely been ruled out for an offside offence, but such was the Brazilian’s sleepy response, Havertz was able to gain space on the United backline. And by the time any Red Devils’ covering defenders arrived on the scene, the damage had already been done.

It sparked a passionate response from Sky Sports co-commentator Gary Neville, who was quick to berate the former Real Madrid man’s defending. He said: « Casemiro has taken some criticism in recent weeks and he’s going to get a little bit more.

« He goes to split wide, once Onana plays it, he has to get up. He has to get quicker than that. Once he doesn’t, he’s in trouble. Trossard does what every good forward does. »

Another defensive howler was the last thing Casemiro needed after a horror week in a United shirt. The 32-year-old was at fault for several Crystal Palace goals during the three-time European champions’ 4-0 mauling in south London, leading to speculation about his future at Old Trafford.

Neville’s partner in crime Jamie Carragher even went as far as saying Casemiro needs to leave United at the soonest opportunity because he’s no longer cut out for England’s top flight. Speaking to Sky Sports, he commented: “I think Casemiro should know tonight that he should only have another three games left at the top level. The next two league games and the cup final, then he should be thinking, I need to go to the MLS or Saudi.

« This has to stop because we are watching one of the greats of the modern time. I always remember the saying ‘leave the football before the football leaves you’. The football has left him. At this top level, he needs to call it a day at this level and move. »

Carragher added: « The level of that player, he should not be putting himself through this. He is too good of a player to be putting in a performance like that being laughed at by Crystal Palace. He needs to call it a day. »

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