Manchester United star Casemiro has been compared to Roy Keane and has been missing at the club for years.
That’s the opinion of former Old Trafford striker Teddy Sheringham, who spoke to Laura Woods and Ally McCoist on talkSPORT’s Breakfast programme.
Casemiro was sent off for United in their 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday for grabbing Will Hughes by the throat.
It means the Brazil international will miss the next three Premier League games – a double-header against Leeds United and a clash at Old Trafford against Leicester.
However, the former Real Madrid star will return ahead of the Carabao Cup final at the end of the month against Newcastle.
And Sheringham, who played for United when Keane was captain, believes the midfielder is exactly what United needed.
He told talkSPORT: “All I will say about Casemiro is that I think he’s like a Roy Keane who they’ve been missing for eight years.
“That midfield general who has that desire and that understanding of the game to know when to do what to make sure his team performs to the best of their abilities.”
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Sheringham scored 46 times in 153 appearances for United, winning three Premier League titles with Keane rounding up the dressing room.
The former United skipper has also been susceptible to red cards here and there during his career, picking up a joint record 13 in his 16 years in British football as it was Casemiro’s first since moving at Old Trafford last summer.
Sheringham added: “He’s not just worried about himself, I like him. Maybe he thought he had to impose something at the time. [of his red card].”
However, not everyone was impressed with Casemiro’s actions, with talkSPORT host Gabriel Agbonlahor saying he should have been stopped.
“Casemiro thought he was Brock Lesnar in the UFC,” he said.
“The way he was choking Will Hughes, he should be arrested for that. The kids are watching that later in the match of the day. Seeing Casemiro choking an opponent.
“It’s not ice hockey in America where they have a fight during the game. It’s football, we don’t want to see that.
“So Casemiro needs to be disciplined by Manchester United.”
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