Erik ten Hag delighted with “obvious” impact of midfielder Casemiro at Manchester United
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been delighted with the “obvious” impact Casemiro has had in the middle of the park for the Red Devils.
The 30-year-old signed for the Old Trafford side in the summer of 2022 from Real Madrid. In the current campaign, the Brazil international has been a game-changer for us.
Speaking to the media via Manchester Evening News, Ten Hag hailed the difference Casemiro has brought to United’s engine room. His qualities have made the Manchester-based club a better side.
“That is quite obvious (an impact). I said it from the beginning, this team, needed a No.6. Control, holding midfielder, he is so important. He is the cement between the stones.
“Defence, knows his position, points others into position, winning balls, duels mainly, in possession he can speed up the game. We are really happy to have him on board.”
At the start of the season, the Dutch manager put faith in the likes of Scott McTominay, Fred and Christian Eriksen to play in the holding midfield position. However, none of them were able to keep the side ticking.
However, for a few games, the former Madrid star was kept out of the starting lineup by McTominay. The Scotland international’s form saw the 30-year-old bide his time under the former Ajax head coach.
But ever since the Brazilian’s first start in the Premier League against Everton, he has not looked back. Now, the midfielder has cemented his place in Ten Hag’s plans.
Casemiro has now started in our last 10 league fixtures. His defensive and offensive contributions have been pivotal. The Brazilian’s inclusion has seen an upturn in form for the Old Trafford side.
United have won their last eight matches in all competitions. We have also kept a clean sheet in each of our previous three PL games.
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The Red Devils will face Manchester City next in the league. Casemiro had to look on from the bench for the majority of the 6-3 defeat. Hopefully, the 30-year-old will start and continue his fine form as the Old Trafford side will hope to give the home crowd a game to remember.