Rio Ferdinand dismisses Thomas Partey vs Casemiro comparisons ahead of Man United v Arsenal

‘Thomas Partey is not good enough to do what Casemiro is doing’: Rio Ferdinand says £70m Man United man ‘WIPES AWAY’ is Arsenal’s midfield linchpin while the Prepare title rivals for the duel on Sunday

  • Rio Ferdinand has claimed Casemiro is a better midfielder than Thomas Partey
  • He praised the Ghanaian’s influence this season as Arsenal sit at the top of the PL table
  • But he doesn’t think Partey has the same “defensive impact” as Casemiro
  • Ferdinand cited unspecified statistics to support his view before their clash

Rio Ferdinand believes there is no comparison between Manchester United enforcer Casemiro and Thomas Partey despite the Arsenal midfielder’s impressive campaign.

Ferdinand has claimed Casemiro “wiped” him. [Partey] away’ with his influence on the game, citing stats as the basis of his argument ahead of United’s crucial trip to the Emirates to face the Gunners on Sunday.

“I think the importance to their teams…you could argue pretty much the same thing on both sides. But then when you go through the stats in Casemiro, he brushes him away,” he said on his Vibe with Five podcast.

Rio Ferdinand believes Casemiro Thomas Partey is a big step ahead of United's Arsenal trip

Rio Ferdinand believes Casemiro Thomas Partey is a big step ahead of United’s Arsenal trip

The former Manchester United defender doesn’t think Partey could do a comparable job in the middle of Erik ten Hag’s team.

‘No no no. I don’t think Partey is good enough defensively to do what Casemiro is doing,” he said.

“I don’t think he has the effect of Man United defensively, he does more on the ball.”

Partey put on an outstanding performance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Sunday

Partey put on an outstanding performance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Sunday

However, Ferdinand hailed the Ghanaian for his outstanding performances this season, not least his impressive presence in Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Tottenham.

“He does more on the ball. He dictates the game for Arsenal,” he said.

“He actually plays passes that I didn’t know he had. His death was unbelievable.’

According to Opta, Casemiro has created more chances – 14 compared to 13 – and more tackles at 46, 12 more than Partey.

But the Arsenal star has captured the ball 116 times, 28 times more than Casemiro, and has higher passing accuracy and a higher rate of progressive passes.

Casemiro was one of the signings of the season given his importance to Man United

Casemiro was one of the signings of the season given his importance to Man United

Casemiro was a standout player for United under Erik ten Hag after making a £70million move from Real Madrid to Man United in the summer.

The 30-year-old Brazilian has recorded five assists and two goals in his 27 appearances for the Red Devils this season and has been a formidable influence in midfield.

Partey was also influential in Arsenal’s excellent first half of the season, with the Gunners winning 15 of their first 18 Premier League games.

Both Casemiro and Partey will have a chance to shine again as the sides meet for the second time this season as Arsenal look to extend their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

United are the only team Arsenal have beaten in the Premier League so far this season

United are the only team Arsenal have beaten in the Premier League so far this season

But the Brazilian will miss the crunch clash at the Emirates if booked when United play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday.

United have won nine straight games in all competitions and are just nine points behind the Gunners.

Arsenal will seek revenge at the Emirates, with their only league defeat this season coming in a 3-1 defeat by United at Old Trafford in September.

PARTEY V CASEMIRO – PREMIER LEAGUE 2022-23
Per 90 mins lot Casemiro Per 90 mins
fifteen applications fifteen
1304 protocol 1068
0.14 2 Goals 2 0.17
0 0 assists 3 0.25
1.3 19 total shots fifteen 1.3
0.9 13 created opportunities 14 1.2
82.3 1192 touches 941 79.3
4.5 65 Progressive Passes 52 4.4
68.4 991 Passes 735 61.9
86.88 accuracy of fit 79.73
19.5 283 Passes finals 1/3 204 17.2
29% % Passed at the end of the final 1/3 28%
11.8 171 Open Play Passing Seq started 179 15.1
0.2 3 Goals started by Passing Seq 3 0.3
1.4 20 Shots launched from Passing Seq 23 1.9
2.3 34 tackles 46 3.9
1.2 17 intercept 18 1.5
8th 116 possession gained 88 7.4
0.8 11 Dribbled past by opp. 16 1.3
58.5 duel success 57.9
1.1 16 Fouls conceded 28 2.4
2 yellow cards 4
13 Games won 11
87% W% 73%

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