Antony reveals his pet name for Casemiro
Manchester United's Antony and Casemiro have enjoyed a revealing dual chat with club media, discussing the latter's personality and influence.
Five-time Champions League winner Casemiro joined the club from Real Madrid and scored his maiden goal for the Reds at Chelsea. The dramatic late equaliser came after a number of near-misses for the 30-year-old, despite telling us his primary concern is protecting the defence.
"I think the goals have to come naturally," he told United Review recently. "Everybody knows my work. My role is defensive - to help my team-mates and bring the ball out from the back with quality.
"I defend, first of all, and provide balance to the team. I help my team-mates with defensive work, bring the ball out with quality, that is my job. Of course, a goal here or there is nice but doing my job and defending well comes first."
However, while Antony joined Cristiano Ronaldo in marking his 700th club goal with the sleeping celebration at Everton recently, the wide-man - speaking ahead of the Stamford Bridge clash - admitted it was unlikely Casemiro would have something special planned for getting off the mark.
Hence, the wild scenes that followed the towering header from Luke Shaw's cross may have been something of a surprise!
When asked if he had a celebration in mind, Casemiro said: "As you know, I'm a bit more serious." Antony interjected, stating: "Casemiro is a more serious type" and the defensive midfielder repeated: "Yes, I'm more serious."
Clearly, the brilliant ball-winner was lost in the moment in west London as his reaction to the leveller went viral across social media platforms.
Antony then explained how he views his club and international colleague's role on the pitch.
"I always say he's our guard dog in the middle," he joked. "He's a no-nonsense guy, a more serious type. I think he'll leave these goal celebrations to us attacking players!"
We're definitely not complaining about seeing Casemiro's passion and commitment to the cause.