Manchester United midfielder Casemiro honoured to have Brazil armband for Morocco fixture
Manchester United star Casemiro is honoured to be given the captain’s armband for the Brazil national side for their fixture against Morocco.
The Canarinho will take on the Atlas Lions on Saturday (25 March) at the Ibn Batouta Stadium in Tangier. For the match, the former Real Madrid star will lead his country.
Speaking to the media via Manchester Evening News, the midfielder revealed that he felt ready for the task at hand. The 31-year-old is thankful for the trust shown in him.
“We had Thiago Silva [as captain] in the World Cup but, on my part, I feel prepared. I prepared myself for this and I’m thankful for the trust. If it’s another captain, no problem, because I know I am one of the leaders and I have complete freedom to speak as a captain before the group.”
Usually, Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva captains Brazil. However, the 38-year-old is recovering from a knee injury and did not join up with his national squad.
In the defender’s absence, the interim manager of the South American team, Ramon Menezes, has picked Casemiro to lead the team onto the pitch.
The Brazil international joined United in the summer of 2022 from Madrid for an initial fee of £60 million. Initially, the midfielder had to bide his time to get an opportunity in the starting lineup.
Erik ten Hag preferred Scott McTominay in the number six position at the start of the season. The Scotland international was performing well and kept the 31-year-old at bay.
However, ever since Casemiro’s first start in the Premier League against Everton in October in the 2-1, he has put in multiple Man of the Match displays. The Brazilian has made us more robust in the middle of the park and has added much-needed stability to the team.
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In the current campaign, the defensive midfielder has made 38 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils, scoring five goals and providing six assists. The 31-year-old has brought his winning mentality to the Old Trafford side and we ended our 6-year trophy drought by lifting the Carabao Cup.
Casemiro was unavailable against Fulham in the FA Cup and will miss the next three fixtures in domestic competitions for United after picking up his second straight red card of the season against Southampton. Hopefully, the Brazilian will return to Manchester without any niggles.