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Casemiro kept his Manchester United promise against Chelsea

Casemiro kept his Manchester United promise against Chelsea

When Manchester United required a strong figure to lead them and secure a spot in the Champions League, it was undoubtedly Casemiro who assumed that role. After witnessing United’s 4-0 loss to Brentford in August, he expressed his determination to address their issues, and he has proven true to his word.

Although Casemiro had been performing below his usual standard since his recent suspension, he has displayed exceptional performances against Bournemouth and Chelsea. He demonstrated his presence when his team needed him the most.

Casemiro, the Brazilian player, made the decision to temporarily leave the Champions League behind and join Manchester United for a season in the Europa League. However, it is evident that this move was only for a single season.

He will have the opportunity to increase his tally of 83 Champions League appearances in the upcoming season, and undoubtedly, he will begin the season with the belief that he could ultimately secure his sixth winner’s medal by the end of it.

Casemiro possesses a distinctive character that aligns with Erik ten Hag’s emphasis on character and personality when recruiting players during the summer. Despite skepticism regarding Manchester United’s £70 million investment in a holding midfielder in his 30s, Casemiro’s impact extends beyond his on-field performances.

He has emerged as the benchmark for standards under Ten Hag and fills a crucial role in the midfield puzzle. When Liverpool posed a threat to United’s pursuit of a top-four finish, Casemiro played a calming role. Additionally, he has showcased his scoring ability by finding the net in consecutive matches, accomplishing this feat within the first 10 minutes of both games.

Casemiro’s goals have come in crucial league matches, contributing to decisive victories, and he even opened the scoring at Wembley in the Carabao Cup triumph against Newcastle. He has demonstrated his ability to shine in significant games, as is expected from top players.

In the mentioned game, Casemiro’s impact was evident from the first minute, setting the tone for Manchester United. The team started aggressively, and when Chelsea briefly regained possession, Casemiro fearlessly tackled and forcefully won the ball back for his team. This moment earned a roar of appreciation from the Stretford End and injected a surge of energy into his own team.

Just six minutes later, Casemiro displayed his skill and precision by expertly redirecting Christian Eriksen’s free-kick into the net, further erasing any signs of nervousness. Despite facing difficulties after Antony’s injury, Manchester United went into halftime with a two-goal lead, largely thanks to the brilliance of their Brazilian midfielder.

Although Casemiro was initially signed to bolster Manchester United’s defense and halt opposing attacks as a destroyer, he has also made significant contributions in the attacking third. His recent header marked his seventh goal of the season, accompanied by six assists. While he may not be officially credited with an assist for Anthony Martial’s goal, it can be attributed to his involvement.

Casemiro positioned himself at the base of the midfield, supporting United’s offensive moves and orchestrating the reset of their attacks. He skillfully progressed with the ball, executing a precise pass over the defense to set up Jadon Sancho’s well-timed run. This play effectively opened up the game, and Sancho provided a simple finish to Martial. However, it was Casemiro’s contribution that carried greater significance.

During this victory, Casemiro received continuous adoration from the Old Trafford crowd, as the supporters acknowledged his genuine impact on the team. As he was the last player to leave the pitch on Thursday night, walking towards the tunnel with his name being chanted, his face bore a constant smile.

In the upcoming season, Casemiro will return to the competition where he truly belongs, having fulfilled his promise to “fix” things at Manchester United.

Casemiro kept his Manchester United promise against Chelsea

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