Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, made no effort to contain his joy when he first met Casemiro
When Casemiro and Erik ten Hag first met at United’s training facility, the Manchester United manager made it clear how thrilled he was to have Casemiro join his team.
On Saturday, during the team’s 1-0 victory over Southampton at St. Mary’s, Casemiro made his debut in a United jersey. Even though he only played for the final 10 minutes, the 30-year-old midfielder’s cameo generated a lot of excitement since he kept the Reds ahead when it appeared like the Saints may score an equalizer.
When United plays Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Thursday night, the Brazilian might make his whole debut. Even the most upbeat United supporter would not have predicted three victories in a row following the Brentford loss, but that is what they are aiming for.
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Ten Hag is aware that Casemiro will give his midfield a steely, rigorous quality that will be essential in what is thought to be the most competitive league in the world. The Dutchman saw Casemiro at Carrington two days before United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool, and it was evident he was overjoyed to meet the former Real Madrid player, who is exactly what United needs.
The United manager could be heard yelling “yes!” as Casemiro entered Ten Hag’s office. He then leaped out of his chair, rubbed his hands together in joy, and laughed before embracing his new recruit. The Dutchman responded with a “glad to meet you.”
John Murtough, United’s football director, had greeted Casemiro at Carrington just moments ago and said: “How are you, Case? I’m glad to see you, pal. How are you doing?” Casemiro retorted, “Good, good,” with a smile on his face.
On August 22, Casemiro traveled back to Madrid for his final press conference before taking a flight back to Manchester for his on-field debut prior to the victory over Liverpool.