Man Utd star told Erik ten Hag he did not want to play in FA Cup final

Manchester United midfielder Casemiro told Erik ten Hag he wanted no part to play in the FA Cupfinal against Manchester City due to a minor injury problem.

Although the Brazil international was “not 100 percent” going into the Wembley final on Saturday, he was listed as a substitute that afternoon.

But there was a last-minute change: Willy Kambwala replaced Casemiro on the bench after the player was fully removed from the team prior to kickoff.

According to BBC Sport, the former Real Madrid player informed ten Hag that he had a sore hamstring and asked not to play, not even as a substitute.

Due to the team’s dearth of injuries, Casemiro played centre half during the last month of the season, which contributed to his challenging second season in Manchester.

After receiving harsh criticism for his performances against Crystal Palace, Arsenal, and Burnley, ten Hag was able to choose a more recognisable backline versus City on Saturday thanks to the returns of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez.

Sofyan Amrabat, who put in his greatest performance of the season, kept his spot in midfield with Kobbie Mainoo as the two began at center-half.

Casemiro celebrated with his teammates on the Wembley pitch, and he is rumoured to have made a fleeting appearance at the post-match celebration before boarding a private jet to spend the holiday season with his family.

Among the United players anticipated to go this summer is Casemiro. The 31-year-old, who joined Al-Nassr two years ago from Real Madrid, is desired by Saudi Arabian teams and may play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo again.

After the 4-0 loss at Palace, Jamie Carragher publicly criticised the midfield player and said he ought to “call it a day” at the conclusion of the campaign.

But Casemiro insisted he has no plans on calling time on his career just yet.

‘I’m really well, I feel healthy, with energy and the same mentality I always had,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘I guess people end up talking about the age factor, but it’s been proven. Recently, our friend Thiago Silva, at the age of 39 coming here and showing that, yes, you can play. The previous Ballon d’Or winners were over 34.

‘At Man City, there’s Kevin De Bruyne. [Mohamed] Salah at Liverpool. I think age is not an issue, it is not a factor in this, but analysing one’s game and knowing about everything that is happening around the game.

‘These are people who analyse football well, who see what’s happening, who know what’s happening, analysing not the age.

‘But I’m well, I’m happy, living every day I get to play here. As I usually say, Manchester United gave me what I wanted. This joy of being able to enjoy the game, enjoy the Premier League.

‘So, I’m happy to be here at Manchester United and enjoying the game.’

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