Ex-Liverpool player: Casemiro “needs to call it a day” after Man Utd horror show

Former Liverpool player now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has claimed that Casemiro “needs to call it a day” and has recommended that he join the MLS or Saudi Pro League after his horror performance in Manchester United's 4-0 drubbing at Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Monday night.

The Brazilian was far off the pace and was at fault for a lot of Palace's goals, which prompted Carragher to do some very harsh analysis of him and his performance in Sky Sports' Monday Night Football:

“I said at half-time he's got to bring Casemiro off.

“I think Casemiro, deadly serious should know himself tonight as an experienced player, he should only have three games left at the top level. The next two league games and the cup final, and then he should be thinking ‘I need to go to the MLS or Saudi'.

Casemiro cut a very frustrated figure against Crystal Palace – Photo by Icon Sport

Carragher also added: “I'm deadly serious, his agent or the people around him, they need to tell him this has to stop because we are watching one of the greats of the modern time, playing in the best midfield we've seen that dominated Europe.”

In closing, Carragher declared: “he's not playing Real Madrid, with all due respect to Crystal Palace. A man of that level should not be going through what he's going through. He needs to call it a day.”

Should Man Utd sell Casemiro?

Casemiro's performance at Selhurst Park was truly dreadful. He did not track Michael Olise's run for Palace's opening goal, and for Olise's second and Palace's fourth, he was knocked off the ball too easily on the edge of his own penalty box, which led to Olise's strike from distance.

Michael Olise had an incredible game against the very team reportedly set to target him during the summer transfer window – Photo by Icon Sport

Of course, Casemiro was not the only player at fault in the Man Utd team, and he was forced to play as a central defender with all of the injuries the Red Devils have at the back, but that still does not excuse his lacklustre display. Indeed, Casemiro lost possession of the ball 17 times in total, lost nine ground duels, was dribbled past seven times and failed to block a single shot on his team's goal.

As good as he has been in his career, it did seem strange that the club signed the then 30-year-old on a five-year deal in 2022, for a whopping £70m no less. Casemiro's contract also earns him £20m per year, which again is costing the club hugely.

Thus, it makes financial sense, with two years left on his current deal, for Man Utd to try and sell him and cut their losses in the summer. As Carragher alluded to, there are some rich clubs in the MLS and Saudi Pro League that would pay a lot of money to sign high profile players, and given the poor performances he is currently putting in, the club should seriously consider letting him go.


Adam is a lead writer on Football Whispers. He is a big Arsenal fan, and also follows his local club Wealdstone, made famous by The Wealdstone Raider, of whom he has interviewed. Adam also follows darts, boxing, cricket and tennis, among many other sports.