Casemiro shares a dressing room with some of the Premier League’s best players at Manchester United, but says one star stands out from the rest.
The Brazilian midfielder is loving his time at Old Trafford, having joined the Premier League giants from Real Madrid last summer.
Casemiro won five Champions League trophies and three La Liga titles at the Bernabéu and says he wants to lift more trophies at Manchester United.
That doesn’t seem like an unrealistic target with Casemiro helping transform United into title contenders this season.
The Red Devils only finished sixth last period, 35 points behind champions Manchester City, but are currently just five points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Manchester United’s impressive league form has been matched in cup competitions with Erik ten Hag’s side booking a place in this weekend’s EFL Cup final, just three days after they eliminated Barcelona of the Europa League.
Casemiro is desperate for more trophies before the end of the season and believes the presence of Bruno Fernandes, whom he describes as the ‘best player’ at Old Trafford, will be very useful for United.
“Before coming to Manchester United, I would turn on the television and watch their games… and he was the best player,” Casemiro said of Fernandes.
“He’s one of the guys who helps up front and in midfield, he’s part of that transition. He is our best player there.’
Portuguese star Fernandes has been one of Manchester United’s most influential players since joining from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020, scoring 57 goals in 163 appearances for the Red Devils.
Casemiro, meanwhile, says he ‘wants to be known’ as a title winner at United, having won a host of trophies during his glittering spell at Real Madrid.
“That’s the most important thing,” said the Brazilian. “Regardless of whether we win or not, because we know that it is difficult to win titles, especially the Premier League, where every game is difficult.”
But I want to win important titles and games here. Is not easy. We know. Especially since we are talking about the most difficult league in the world. But that’s what I want to be known for.
Casemiro also spoke about the differences between the Premier League and La Liga, telling Manchester United’s official website: ‘Well, honestly, it’s different.
Especially due to the different circumstances, such as the intensity of the matches here. I don’t mean to underestimate LaLiga, but here the games are much more difficult, there are more transitions.
‘In Spain they tend to prefer tiki-taka football as they call it there. There are more transitions here, more attack moves.
‘Each league has its own qualities and characteristics. I know that each one has its own characteristics and I respect both (leagues). But the most important thing is that the players adapt as quickly as possible.’
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