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‘I’m convinced’… Erik ten Hag mentions Manchester United player who will be ‘important player’ for Red Devils

‘I’m convinced’… Erik ten Hag mentions Manchester United player who will be ‘important player’ for Red Devils

Erik ten Hag, manager of Manchester United, has backed new signing Casemiro.

Scott McTominay’s unexpectedly excellent form has delayed Casemiro’s planned regular involvement in the team, with Ten Hag reluctant to upset a winning side.

United’s weekend defeat to City may have accelerated a change, while the press has been inquiring eagerly about Casemiro’s absence.

During his pre-game press conference, Ten Hag defended Casemiro and emphasised the influence he expected him to have.

Erik ten Hag informed United’s club website he is ‘convinced’ Casemiro will have a significant role to play over the season ahead.

The manager explained: “I’m sure Casemiro will play a really important role. We know all his background, we know all the titles he won.

“You see every day in training, he can contribute in this team, and he will be a really important player for this team.

“So, we will see what will happen but I’m convinced that will happen.”

Casemiro might make his Europa League debut tonight against Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus.

There’s a chance he’ll be spared for the Everton game on Sunday, but United should just get him playing games as soon as possible and let him earn a starting spot.

If he performs well against Omonia, it will improve his case for the Everton game and make him feel more confident and connected to his teammates.

United have a busy calendar ahead of them, with last weekend’s derby being the first of nine games in October.

He’ll play a role, and if it doesn’t take off right away, or if there’s too much chopping and changing, we might see the best of him in January after the World Cup.

Casemiro assisted in Brazil’s triumph against Tunisia a week ago and is expected to make his debut for his country in Qatar.

With both players in need of game time, he might accompany Brazil international teammate Fred tonight against Omonia.

‘I’m convinced’… Erik ten Hag mentions Manchester United player who will be ‘important player’ for Red Devils

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