Following a strong performance in Sunday’s victory over Aston Villa for Man Utd, Erik ten Hag has acknowledged that Casemiro now appears to be “back to his best.”
The Brazilian midfielder was essential to the Red Devils’ victory in the midfield duel against an in-form Villa midfield that included Jacob Ramsey, John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, and Leander Dendoncker. He also added some attacking quality, as Casemiro hit the crossbar during the match.
The performance follows a difficult few months for Casemiro, who missed a number of games after receiving two straight Premier League red cards.
After Sunday’s game, manager Ten Hag was eager to praise the defensive midfielder’s improved play in an interview with the club’s official website.
Ten Hag said, “I think that no one is always playing brilliantly and at such a high level in every season. Additionally, there may be times when a game is suspended that disrupts the rhythm, forcing you to restart.
However, Casemiro was the same Casemiro that we have known almost the entire season today. He brings so much organization, composure, and tenacity to the team.
The fact that others follow him makes his leadership crucial for us. He’s a prime example. ”
When Manchester United travel to the Amex Stadium on Thursday for a challenging match against high-flying Brighton and Hove Albion, Ten Hag will be hoping Casemiro maintains this good form.