Manchester United rocked by huge double blow ahead of Newcastle United clash
Manchester United have been dealt a double blow ahead of facing Newcastle United after the international break.
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Manchester United will be without Casemiro and Alejandro Garnacho for next month’s big Premier League top four clash against Newcastle United.
Casemiro was shown a straight red card for violent conduct during the first half of the Red Devils’ goalless draw at home to bottom-of-the-table Southampton on Sunday.
Erik ten Hag bemoaned the decision but opted against an appeal, meaning the Brazilian will serve a four-match ban for his second red card in just three Premier League games.
The midfielder will miss Sunday’s tie versus Fulham, as well as fixtures against Newcastle, Brentford and Everton after the two-week international break.
Man United’s misery was compounded further when it was confirmed on Tuesday that Garnacho will be sidelined for several weeks due to an ankle injury.
The Argentine sustained ligament damage following a challenge from Kyle Walker-Peters, which sadly resulted in racist abuse being aimed at Saints full-back on social media.
“It is difficult to put into words how I’m feeling right now,” Garnacho posted on Instagram. “Unfortunately I will not be able to help my team and teammates in the upcoming games in what is a very important part of the season for us at Manchester United.
“I am disappointed to also miss the opportunity to be with my teammates of the Argentinian National Team in what would have been a great and proud moment for me and my family.
“This is part of football and our profession, however, I am already focused in my recovery. God has taught me to never give up and I will make sure I am back stronger than ever!”
Eddie Howe’s side will be hoping to get some revenge on Man United following the Carabao Cup final defeat in February. Newcastle are competing for Champions League qualification but require a positive result at Nottingham Forest on Friday to take into the meeting at St James’ Park on Sunday, April 2.