Manchester United midfielder Casemiro declined to engage in a discussion about Erik ten Hag’s future at the helm.
Man United’s Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, who has spent much of the current campaign on the sidelines due to an ankle injury, witnessed United’s challenging start to the Premier League season under Ten Hag.
Despite the team’s struggles, Casemiro believes Ten Hag can contribute to the team’s growth. The midfielder is also looking forward to the future under new investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS group.
Speaking to CNN, the five-time Champions League winner said: “I’m not the person who decides who should be manager. We have qualified people to decide that but [Ten Hag] showed last season he can grow Manchester United. Last season we had really good growth and the team was trending upwards. Of course, Manchester United always needs more and more and always needs to be winning but we showed last season that we are capable of achieving great things. I’m very happy at Manchester United. As I’ve always said, the fans have always helped me. The club is always good to me.”
On Ratcliffe’s appointment, Casemiro added: “He’s already introduced himself to us. I think with his winning mentality and his wins in all sports. It’s always very important to have people that want to continue growing. With his experience he’ll return Manchester United to the highest possible level. We are very hungry to learn, grow and take the club to the highest place.”
Manchester United’s problems during Erik ten Hag’s second season have been evident, with the team currently sitting in ninth place in the Premier League table. They are 11 points behind Aston Villa in fourth place and have one of the league’s joint-third worst goal-scoring records.
Off-field problems, including the prolonged investment bid by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a public dispute with Jadon Sancho, and a recent disciplinary case involving Marcos Rashford, have plagued Ten Hag throughout the campaign. Additionally, several key first-team players, including Casemiro, have had injuries.