Erik ten Hag has given his backing to Casemiro, despite not featuring much since his big-money move to Man United.
As the end of the summer transfer window approached, Manchester United absolutely went into panic mode. The Old Trafford club were being linked with every name under the sun, in an effort to fill many holes all over the pitch.
Frenkie de Jong always felt like the main target. United still haven’t given up hope in that regard. In the end, though, Erik ten Hag was made to settle for the signature of Casemiro.
The Brazil international was expected to immediately bring some stability and solidity to an area of the pitch that drastically required it. Thus far, we’ve barely seen the ex-Real Madrid man. Partly due to Scott McTominay’s form.
However, during his post-match press conference, Ten Hag has confirmed that the United star still has a ‘really important’ role to play for the Reds this term.
Check out what the gaffer had to say in full here:
“I said already before, it had nothing to do with Casemiro, it was all to do with Scott because, when you look at Brentford, he wasn’t in the team [and] we lose. Then [from] the day that Casemiro signed, we played six games and we won five,” Ten Hag told reporters at his latest press conference.
“And, in five games, he [McTominay] played. In one game, he didn’t, and that was against [Real] Sociedad [a 1-0 loss]. So, for me, that was logical [to play McTominay] because it’s competition in the team. For me, it wasn’t a choice [not to play him].
“He performed really well, he developed really well and it had nothing to do with Casemiro, but I’m sure Casemiro will play a really important role.”
At the end of the day, football fans are impatient. It was always going to take Casemiro time to get fully up to speed, while Ten Hag wanted his debut to come naturally – rather than forcing it.
After a poor McTominay outing last weekend in the derby, the door is now slightly ajar. Be it via a Europa League start against Omonia, or thrust straight into a Premier League line-up this weekend, we’re rapidly approaching Casemiro’s huge opportunity.
The multiple-time Champions League winner will bring stability, experience and a general calmness to an area of the field that absolutely needs it. I’m super excited to see how the Brazil international will get on.
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