Casemiro has had a fantastic start to life at Manchester United after making the move from Real Madrid this summer. The Brazilian has spoken to the club’s official site about his working relationship with Erik ten Hag.
He’s a very intelligent coach. He knows what he can ask for from each player. I’d say he doesn’t ask me for anything I can’t do, obviously I can contribute to the team. The manager makes adjustments of course, but he doesn’t ask for anything different from what I’ve been doing throughout my career.
Nothing special is requested. Of course, the league and the games themselves allow you to get forward more. Everyone, including the manager, knows my role: bring balance to the team, support my team-mates, play between the centre-backs, provide cover for the full-backs, help the midfield, play out from the back with a quality pass. Nothing different from what I’ve always done in my career.
Having played for the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane, Casemiro has spoken about how Ten Hag’s obsession with winning stands out for him.
He’s certainly a manager who is obsessed with winning. Few managers in my career had the same obsession to win. He’s someone who always wants to win: even in training, he always wants the best. He’s a hard-working manager who demands a lot of his players so that we’re always at our best and that’s important for us. I also view him as a manager with the desire to see Manchester United grow and develop, that’s one of his most important characteristics, not just his but all the coaching staff who follow his lead.
In Ten Hag’s press conference on Friday, he repaid the compliment and claimed he’s one of the best in the world in his position.
I have said it from the beginning, this team they need a six. But what is a six? What is the definition. So control, holding midfielder, but he is so important. He is the cement between the stones, I often say, but it means defending, organisation, [he] knows his position, so anticipating, pointing. He is in the right position, winning balls for the team, duels winning. But also in possession, he can accelerate, speed up the game. He is a typical… he has that competence to give to a top team on the top level. There are not many players of this quality in the world. He is one of them, so we are really happy to have him on board, because he makes a huge difference.