Casemiro: I go after the ball like it's food!

Monday 27 February 2023 10:00

Casemiro has explained his incredible desire to win, in the wake of his award-winning display for Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

The majestic midfielder, who was voted Man of the Match by our fans, headed the opener from a Luke Shaw free-kick as the Reds defeated Newcastle United 2-0 to clinch the first trophy of Erik ten Hag's reign.

The Brazil international won five Champions League titles with former club Real Madrid but retains an insatiable appetite for more glory. One challenge on Joelinton by the touchline towards the end of the first half was greeted with a primal scream towards the United fans and perfectly illustrated his infectious approach.

After his superb performance, Casemiro spoke to TNT Brazil and ESPN to express his emotions on a fabulous afternoon for the Reds. 

Casemiro explodes with passion! Video

Casemiro explodes with passion!

Everybody loved this moment from the first half at Wembley as Casemiro showed his commitment...

"People who already know me understand I go after the ball as if it's a plate of food," he said. "This is my character, that didn't happen because it was a final or whatever. I attack every ball as if it was the last one.

"I celebrate like this because I'm enjoying it here. I left a great club, came to England and people wondered why. Moments like these are the answer. We all know this is only the beginning, but it doesn't mean we can't be happy.

"It's one more trophy for me and I always welcome it, regardless of the competition."

Casemiro accepts there is still work to do for United to catch Arsenal and Manchester City, the two teams above us in the Premier League table, but with Emirates FA Cup and Europa League dates to come, there is hope that the Carabao Cup may not be the only trophy in the cabinet come the end of the campaign.

"We're growing and gaining respect in this country," he added. "But it's early days and we have to keep improving. We can't hide there are teams ahead of us like Manchester City and Arsenal.

"We have to deal with this reality, but we're understanding our manager's philosophy and we will keep growing. My history has always been about winning since I was a kid, so here it isn't any different. I'm here to help my team-mates and Manchester United."