Jamie Redknapp slams Man United star for playing ‘like he’s in Soccer Aid’ during Bournemouth draw

Erik ten Hag the head coach / manager of Manchester United and Casemiro during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester United at Vitality Stadium on April 13, 2024 in Bournemouth, England.
Casemiro played like he was in 'Soccer Aid' according to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp following Manchester United's 2-2 draw against Bournemouth this afternoon. -Credit:Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Sky Sports pundit and former England international Jamie Redknapp has claimed Manchester United midfielder Casemiro played like he was 'in Soccer Aid' in their 2-2 draw against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium this afternoon.

It was a poor start for United as the Cherries took an early lead through Dominic Solanke, with the in-form frontman muscling off Willy Kambwala with ease before firing past Andre Onana to make it 1-0 after just 15 minutes. However, captain Bruno Fernandes would strike back to equalise, capitalising on a sloppy clearance by Bournemouth to rifle a volley home from close range.

Despite hope for a swing in momentum, it only took Bournemouth five minutes to regain the lead, this time through Justin Kluivert whose darting run past Kambwala allowed him space to find the near-post finish. Bournemouth could've had more if not for Milos Kerkez's header being denied by the crossbar and a Kluivert volley being expertly stopped by Onana.

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The second half allowed Erik ten Hag's men to try and find an equaliser, and find one they did through the arm of Cherries defender Alan Smith who was judged to have handballed it following a double deflection off a Kobbie Mainoo effort. Fernandes stepped up to calmly find the bottom-right corner with 25 minutes still to play but both sides couldn't take their late chances as the points were shared.

The result left Erik ten Hag's side level on points with Newcastle United and two points ahead of West Ham, with the Red Devils seventh on goal difference. Following the draw, Redknapp tore into experienced midfielder Casemiro for what he thought was a poor performance, even going as far as to say he looked like he belonged in a charity football match.

"He has to see that danger first of all, it's his mistake he's made [for Kluivert's goal]," he claimed on Sky Sports. "But for me, what I'm on about is the culture of just running and sprinting and helping your teammates - Casemiro, I've watched him for years and he's been one of my favourite defensive midfielders in world football, I've loved watching him play.

"But right now, it looks like he's in Soccer Aid, he's playing at such a pace where it looks like he's just there for a bit of fun and there's celebrities on the pitch. This is the Premier League! You have so much experience! I think to myself, what would Rodri do in that situation? He'd be flying out there to protect his teammates and I don't know why he's not!

"This is my point with Kobbie Mainoo - that kid has the world at his feet and he needs good role models, people you want to aspire to be like in that changing room and at the moment, [Casemiro] is not setting the right examples to the players around him and it's not good enough. He should be running, he would've stopped that goal."