Rio Ferdinand blames Casemiro for red card against Southampton

Rio Ferdinand has weighed in on the Casemiro red card debate, stating that he agrees with Anthony Taylor’s decision to send off the midfielder.

Speaking on his FIVE podcast, Ferdinand said: “The red card was a problem. For any team which goes down to 10 men, it becomes a problem. Casemiro’s [fault] and it was a red card – no problem.

“If it was 11 men and we drew, then I would be saying this was quite a bad week. In the seasons gone by, if we had gone down to 10 men at home to Southampton – regardless of where they are in the league – we lose that game from that position.”

Ferdinand was also asked about United signing Harry Kane on the same episode of the podcast. He added: “I would love to be able to sit here and say that I know Harry Kane is going to Manchester United as he would guarantee them 20 or 25 goals for the next three years…

“I would love him to, but the problem you have got is [Daniel] Levy. What price is he going to ask for?”

After a studs-up challenge on Carlos Alvaraz in the first half against Southampton at Old Trafford, Casemiro was sent for an early shower.

Casemiro has now picked up two red cards in the Premier League this season. This means his suspension is not just the typical three-games but four, which comes as a bigger blow for Erik ten Hag’s side.

It means the Brazil international has clocked up 8 games suspended since joining from Real Madrid.

Casemiro will miss the FA Cup quarter-final against Fulham this weekend, as well as three Premier League games, including a trip to Newcastle.

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