Casemiro surprised by winning obsession of Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag
Manchester United midfielder Casemiro has been surprised by the desire to win of Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag. The Dutch manager’s “obsession” with being victorious has astonished the 30-year-old.
The Brazilian made his way to Old Trafford from Real Madrid in the recent transfer window. With the Spanish giants, he won several trophies, including five Champions League titles.
However, speaking to the media via Manchester Evening News, Casemiro is stunned by Ten Hag’s drive for success. The Brazilian admits it is a trait he has seen in very few managers.
“After being in football for quite a while, despite the fact I’m only 30, his obsession for winning is what surprised me the most.
“That obsession with winning is something I’ve only seen with very few managers.”
The 30-year-old did not have the best of starts to his career in Manchester. Scott McTominay kept the former Madrid superstar out of the Dutch manager’s starting lineup initially.
Ten Hag kept the Scotland international in the team because the Red Devils were on a winning run at that time. After losing our first two games in the English top flight, the Manchester-based club went on a four-game win streak.
However, after the loss to Manchester City Casemiro got his first Premier League start against Everton at Goodison Park. And the midfielder showcased his qualities. The new summer signing picked up the Man of the Match award for his display in Merseyside.
Since then, the Brazilian has been a mainstay in the team. His defensive astuteness has brought evident change to the side. We look more balanced in the middle of the park and our backline seems to be more secure than before.
The 30-year-old also equalised in the final minutes against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to secure a point for United. And his passion for the game was seen in his celebration.
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As for Ten Hag, the former Ajax head coach has done well to steer the Red Devils to a reasonable position in the league after the abysmal start. Hopefully, the Old Trafford side will continue in their upward trajectory and challenge for titles in years to come.