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Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag reveals two new roles planned for Casemiro despite lack of game time

MANCHESTER UNITED manager Erik ten Hag has only used Casemiro once since his summer transfer from Real Madrid.

According to sources, Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag regards Casemiro as a “destroyer” and a “connection between the club’s defense and midfield.” Since joining from Real Madrid during the summer transfer window, the Brazil international has made just one appearance. Instead, Scott McTominay has been favored, with the 25-year-old making strides in the middle of the park.

 

Manchester United spent a whopping £60 million on Casemiro after abandoning their preferred transfer target, Frenkie de Jong.

 

Despite this, the Brazilian international has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League, having spent most of his time at Old Trafford on the bench.

 

Casemiro has only started once for United, in last week’s 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad, and was then rested for Thursday’s 2-0 win over Sheriff.

 

Ten Hag, on the other hand, has two ideas for the 30-year-old, according to Goal.

 

One is functioning as a destroyer, with Casemiro previously known as a bulldozer during his time in Spain.

 

Manchester United spent a whopping £60 million on Casemiro after abandoning their preferred transfer target, Frenkie de Jong.

 

Despite this, the Brazilian international has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League, having spent most of his time at Old Trafford on the bench.

 

Casemiro has only started once for United, in last week’s 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad, and was then rested for Thursday’s 2-0 win over Sheriff.

 

Ten Hag, on the other hand, has two ideas for the 30-year-old, according to Goal.

 

One is functioning as a destroyer, with Casemiro previously known as a bulldozer during his time in Spain.

 

United are hoping that the Samba star and Christian Eriksen will form a strong partnership as they seek their first Premier League title since 2013.

 

But, with McTominay now dominating in the middle of the park, there’s no certainty Casemiro will be called up for that tantalizing confrontation.

 

Meanwhile, Spanish football analyst Graham Hunter recently discussed Casemiro and how United might use the veteran.

 

“Unique is a huge term, but Real Madrid’s approach is so distinct that it’s hard for Casemiro to play exactly as he did during his glory years with them,” he remarked.

 

“I don’t think he’ll be asked to play that manner at United, though.”

 

“I’m optimistic that he’ll adjust to his surroundings. He’s shown to be a true champion.

 

“He has been pivotal to a Real Madrid team that has been competitive in La Liga and the Champions League for a long period.”

 

“He has a tremendous competitive personality and football intelligence.” He’s a footballer who knows when to take chances and when to seize opportunities.

 

“He realizes very fast if he’s going to be beaten, if a teammate is going to be beaten, in terms of knowing where everybody is in midfield in that split-second.”

 

“He throws a lot of challenges, not because he’s slow, but because he’s really skilled at assessing whether or not a situation will cost his side a goal.”

 

“He is a player who will surely balance making a foul and the wider cost, but calling him a dirty player is completely incorrect.”

 

“He’s only been sent off twice, and the first time was for refusing to back up for a free kick, so he’s not a dirty player.”

 

“In midfield, he adds street smarts and guts, he’s got a good body, he’s pretty damn good aerially at both ends, so he’s extremely well prepared.”

 

“The Premier League can be buzz-bombed relentlessly, so it takes time for any player to adapt, whether they’re magical like Casemiro or not; but United have obviously got the ideal guy for aggression, mindset, and spirit.”

 

Last season, United lost both Premier League games to City.

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