Three things we learned as a limp United never looked like troubling an Arsenal side in second gear

Another crucial Premier League matchup between Manchester United and Arsenal took place at Old Trafford since both teams were in dire need of a win.

A win for United would go a great way toward solidifying the team’s hopes of securing European football, while Arsenal needed all three points to guarantee that the Premier League would be decided on the last day of the season.

With Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Casemiro, Jonny Evans, and Diogo Dalot in a defensive four ahead of the Cameroonian, Erik ten Hag began Andre Onana in goal.

The most advanced midfielder in the starting lineup was Scott McTominay, with Kobbie Mainoo and Sofyan Amrabat forming the pivot. Alejandro Garnacho and Amad Diallo flanked the line leader, Rasmus Hojlund.

Here are three things we learned from Manchester United’s 1-0 loss against Arsenal.

Casemiro finished at United

Casemiro is among the numerous players who United ought to cut during the summer transfer window, and he once again demonstrated in the match against Arsenal why he ought to be among the first to go.

The Brazilian has filled in at center-back during United’s defensive injury crisis, but he has performed appallingly in that position.

He was humiliated and severely exposed at Selhurst Park last week, and against the Gunners, he experienced the same thing.

But it would have been easy to avoid the goal. In an effort to play Havertz offside, the majority of Ten Hag’s players advanced up the pitch. But Casemiro, who has been charged with losing a yard or two of speed, was sluggish to get up the pitch and allowed the German forward to play onside.

Casemiro had the opportunity to stop Havertz’s cross, but given the way his season has gone thus far, he chose not to, allowing Trossard to bury his effort.

Wayne Rooney, who was on Sky Sports said about Trossard’s opening strike, “Casemiro has to get up the pitch.”

Roy Keane even went ahead to question Casemiro’s professionalism as he remarked, “Casemiro has to sprint out. I don’t know what he was doing. He doesn’t even need to make a silly angle for the goalkeeper.”

Ten Hag’s snubbing of Amad more puzzling than ever before

In both halves, Amad was undoubtedly one of United’s better players.

He performed admirably on his preferred right wing, offering United the threat that has been sorely lacking on that side of the field.

The Ivorian recycled the ball when needed and kept it in good possession. In an apparent attempt to contain him, Arsenal occasionally used a double team against him.

Amad showed incredible variety by attacking from both the inside and the outside, seizing any chance to take on his opponent and go inside the box. On the other hand, Antony has consistently demonstrated a preference for the outside flank, consistently choosing to cut in with his left foot rather than taking advantage of the favorable opportunity to hit the byline.

Amad’s brilliance was demonstrated by the fact that in the first half, he completed three dribbles, more than the entire Arsenal team (2).

Given Amad’s performance, it’s even more surprising that Ten Hag hasn’t given him a lot more playing time this season. It is obvious that the former loanee from Sunderland possesses the skill set necessary to play the style of football the Dutchman wants the team to play.

Regretfully, Amad appeared to have suffered an injury as he hobbled out in the 68th minute. Prior to that, he gave the bench a painful wave before collapsing to the ground.

Antony took his spot and played the remainder of the contest.

Too little too late for Ten Hag

United did not suffer as much as was anticipated. In truth, given how this season has gone so far, the Red Devils participated and performed admirably.

It is impossible not to believe that United might have experienced more joy and might have been vying for a top-four finish if Ten Hag had stuck to the shape and strategies he used against Arsenal.

It might already be too late for Ten Hag, but Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS associates were at Old Trafford to see the team. They may have gained some insight from the performance.

The defeat at the hands of Arsenal means that United are almost certainly set to miss out on Europa League football unless they can somehow manage to beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley later this month.

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