Casemiro enjoying working under Ten Hag

Saturday 15 October 2022 07:00

Casemiro believes Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is a "great manager", as the summer recruit enjoys working under the Dutchman and his coaching team.

The 30-year-old played under some big names at Real Madrid but was already impressed by Ten Hag's work at previous club, Ajax. He saw first-hand how the Amsterdam outfit pulled off one of the most stunning Champions League results of recent times with a 4-1 win at the Bernabeu in March, 2019, and his positive view on the tactician's coaching ability has only been strengthened by their time together at Carrington.

A winning mentality, innovative approach and determination to avoid complacency are forwarded as the South American's reasons for such respect, during an exclusive interview first released in United Review, the official matchday programme for the Europa League tie with Omonia Nicosia.

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When asked about his first impressions of the manager, Casemiro said: "I believe it's his desire to win, his ambition, his hard work. Not just him but all the coaching staff.

"They always want to win, they never get complacent. They're always looking to do something new, always wanting to make a difference in games.

"I believe Manchester United have a great manager, it was there to see at Ajax, I think he's doing a good job here."

Ten Hag's methods are clearly having an impact as United have won eight of our last 10 matches, ahead of a first Old Trafford outing in the Premier League since the 3-1 win over Arsenal in early September.

"It's a diverse group of players, different players, but I believe we'll adapt to his style of play," added the midfielder, who made his first league start in last weekend's 2-1 win at Everton, and provided the assist for Cristiano Ronaldo's winner. The midfielder was hugely unlucky not to score his maiden goal when a shot appeared to be touched onto the bar by Omonia keeper Francis Uzoho on Thursday.

While keen to success his stress at Real is in the past, as he looks to write a new chapter of his career with the Reds, he admits he can see some similarities between his former coaches and Ten Hag.

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"Every manager has their own way of playing," he pointed out. "Their own way of leading.

"I've worked with [Carlo] Ancelotti and [Zinedine] Zidane. They are managers who want to win, which is the most important thing.

"Hard work and dedication, being intensely dedicated to the club - that's what is most important.

"I think winning is a consequence of this, doing things right is essential."