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Tim Sherwood criticised Man Utd after the Burnley draw (Picture: Premier League Productions)

Tim Sherwood claimed Manchester United midfielders Kobbie Mainoo and Christian Eriksen have ‘caught the Casemiro bug’ after the disappointing 1-1 draw with Burnley.

United’s poor run of form continued on Saturday as 19th-placed Burnley took a point from Old Trafford thanks to Zeki Amdouni’s late penalty.

Despite producing another underwhelming display, it looked as though Erik ten Hag’s side would do enough to win after Antony broke the deadlock on 79 minutes.

But Andre Onana conceded a penalty for recklessly charging from his line and colliding with Amdouni and the Burnley substitute recovered to score from the spot and earn Burnley a share of the spoils.

Sherwood described Manchester United’s performance as ‘another bad one’ and accused Mainoo and Eriksen of ‘jogging around the pitch’.

‘Another bad performance. Another performance without any style or playing identity,’ Sherwood said on Sky Sports. ‘No DNA, which Dan Ashworth will be looking for when he comes in and Jason Wilcox.

‘They’ve got their work cut out there, that’s for sure. They need to see a playing identity. Ten Hag has not just come into the job, he’s been there long enough. He has his own players.

Sherwood says two players have 'caught the Casemiro bug'

Sherwood says two players have ‘caught the Casemiro bug’ (Picture: Getty)

‘I can’t see what they do. In possession, they are all about moments and out of possession they are a shambles. They really are. The worrying thing is that the midfield does not run, when the ball gets played behind them their heads start wobbling.

‘That’s down to the manager telling them and identifying it. Kobbie Mainoo, I like him, I really like him, but he has caught the Casemiro bug where he is jogging around the pitch. Christian Eriksen is the same – he is one of the most honest players you’re ever going to find.

‘I think it is a culture there. Not willing to run. They aren’t running enough. They need to be able to run.

‘If I was Kobbie’s agent or youth-team coach I would say to him, ‘when you first went into the team you ran around with a desire. You’re not doing that at the moment. Don’t fall into the trap of what they’re doing, you don’t have good examples there’.

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‘Manchester United want to be like Arsenal and Man City but they are miles away from that.’

The 1-1 draw leaves Ten Hag’s side sixth in the Premier League, 13 points outside the top-four places with four league games remaining. United also have a FA Cup final to look forward to as they meet Manchester City at Wembley on May 25.

Burnley stay second from bottom, two points from safety, though 17th-placed Nottingham Forest have a game in hand.

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