CASEMIRO will be available for the Carabao Cup final after Manchester United decided NOT to appeal his suspension.
The Brazilian midfielder, 30, was sent off on Saturday after a VAR check revealed Casemiro had has hands around Will Hughes’ neck during a melee against Crystal Palace.
He was then dismissed by Andre Marriner upon the advice of Video Assistant Referee Tony Harrington.
United held on to win the game 2-1 despite being down to 10 men, but Casemiro’s importance to the team cannot be overstated.
This led to Erik ten Hag and Co considering whether to appeal his red card to try and make him available for the double-header against Leeds and the fixture against Leicester.
Ten Hag admitted the club were considering an appeal, but ultimately opted against it.
Speaking on the suspension, the Dutchman said: “Consider [appealing ban], yeah.
“Still it’s for me not the right decision but I don’t think we have a chance in a legal process.
“I always have to play with the players who are available and we have a squad, we have many good players in our squad who are also not playing in the starting XI and I have to do it. After a game I can’t say Casemiro is not there.
If the Red Devils had appealed the ban, there was a chance of Casemiro being handed a further one-match suspension.
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This would have ruled him out of the Carabao Cup final on February 26 and denied United an instrumental cog in their system against top-four rivals Newcastle.
However, Casemiro will be available to feature in the Europa League when United face off against Spanish giants Barcelona.
Furthermore, David De Gea reckons United have the perfect man in Marcel Sabitzer to replace Casemiro in the next few games.