Who is the boss ? For several seasons, Manchester United have been looking for a new leader. Captain of the team, Harry Maguire is not unanimous within the Mancunian locker room. The same goes for Cristiano Ronaldo, who is an offensive leader, but who has had to deal with several problems with Erik ten Hag and his managers in recent months. Others, like Marcus Rashford or David De Gea, are considered executives without being real bosses. With Casemiro, the residents of Old Trafford may have finally found him.
Casemiro continues in office
Arriving in England this summer after several years of good and loyal service to Real Madrid, the Brazilian, who cost 70 million euros (bonus included), did not have a clear start. Indeed, he had a good time on the bench as Ten Hag did not want to change teams that had good results. The Dutch coach thus trusted Scott McTominay, lined up alongside Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes in midfield. Therefore, Casemiro has been a substitute 5 times in 6 games in all competitions.
He had only started against Real Sociedad in the Europa League. For the rest, it was on the bench where he lived the matches of Man U with CR7 at his side. But everything changed on October 2 during the derby against Manchester City. A substitute at the kick-off, the Auriverde international saw his team humiliated. Despite entering the game, he could not avoid the defeat (6-3). Since this meeting, Erik ten Hag has decided to start him in every game, that is, 8 games in all competitions. He was thus 668 minutes in the field, compared to 221 minutes before becoming the undisputed starter.
English consultants are under the spell
In total, he played 14 games in all competitions (9 starts). The Brazilian picks up momentum, the one who scored a goal (against Chelsea) and distributed an assist. Yesterday against West Ham, Casemiro was therefore in the game. For him Manchester Evening News whoever gave it a score of 6, could have done even better: “He started his eighth game in a row and has not been as influential as previous weeks in the Premier League”. A totally different opinion from that of the British television consultants.
Jamie Redknapp, who officiates for sky sportspraised the midfielder. He said he brought authority and quality to Man Utd, a team in which he played a leading role in the victory over the Hammers. He then added: “I think he was excellent today. Everything he does, he makes it seem so simple. He played for Real Madrid for so long that he knows the game inside out.. Present next to him, Gary Neville was also excited.
Ten Hag is conquered
“You can see other teams looking at him thinking, ‘wow, that’s Casemiro there.’ For a long time I looked at the Manchester United midfield and thought that it was so disjointed that there would be no one who could do that job of grabbing the ball and making the correct pass (…) It helps to improve the players. None of Eriksen, Casemiro, Fernandes are fast or what you would call true defensive midfielders, but you think of that midfield that played for Madrid with Kroos and Modric. Then look at him alongside Eriksen and Fernandes, Kroos and Modric are much better players, but there are similarities to what we see here in style.
Erik ten Hag is also conquered. “To me, he is brilliant. You can see why he has won the Champions League five times and why he has been at the top of world football for so long. You see it in every game and in every practice. He will only get better”. Praise that must have pleased the main interested party who is gradually taking his notes and also taking lessons to learn the language and be able to communicate better with his teammates and his coach. “The club has been of great help, it is a really familiar place and they have integrated us very well”, recently entrusted the player to the MU site. A player who obviously has everything to become the new boss of the Red Devils.
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