Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has pointed out that Arsenal would have an “unfair advantage” ahead of their Premier League encounter.
Manchester United travel to London on Sunday to take on Arsenal in a reverse match of their Premier League encounter. The Red Devils defeated Mikel Arteta’s team 3-1 at Old Trafford earlier this season.
Erik ten Hag will have to do without his main defensive midfielder Casemiro, who will miss the match against Arsenal due to a yellow card suspension.
Arsenal top the 2022/23 Premier League table with 47 points from 18 games, while Manchester United have 39 points from 19 games and are third in the table.
While a win over Arsenal would narrow the deficit for the Red Devils, the touring side will certainly miss the in-form Casemiro.
“One of our best players can’t play against one of the best teams. I don’t understand why we had to play today and they didn’t, that could make the difference on Sunday. He’s a big loss for us,” said De Gea.
De Gea’s comments came after Casemiro was shown a fifth yellow card in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League earlier this week.
Players who receive five yellow cards in their first 19 Premier League games will be suspended for one game. In the second half of the Premier League season, the limit of five yellows will be increased to 10 and suspensions will be increased to two games.
Casemiro has been in good form since his move from Real Madrid to Manchester United in the summer of 2022 and is one of the main reasons behind Ten Hag’s latest success at the club. The Brazilian midfielder has contributed with a goal and three assists in his last seven appearances for Manchester United in all competitions.
Meanwhile, De Gea also reflected on Manchester United’s performance at Selhurst Park, insisting that the focus is already on the next “huge game” against Arsenal.
“It’s football. Sometimes you score at the end and sometimes they score at the end. Let’s keep going. I think we’re doing really well and it’s a huge game on Sunday. I think we’re a much better team than before. We are doing very well, earning the points and playing as a team, which is huge. Everyone wants to win, everyone wants to fight for the team,” said De Gea.
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