Casemiro admits he’s been ‘surprised’ by ‘spectacular’ Man Utd star – ‘I’m delighted to play with him’

Casemiro praises Rashford Credit: Alamy
Casemiro praises Rashford Credit: Alamy

Casemiro has admitted that he’s been “surprised” by Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford this season as he’s a “spectacular player”.

It at one stage looked like the Brazil international would not get the chance to play with Rashford this season.

The forward was heavily linked with a move away from the Red Devils in the summer after he endured a difficult season in 2021/22.

Rashford was linked with a move to PSG but he ended up staying at Man Utd and he has benefited from a fresh start under Erik ten Hag.

The Englishman has been in sensational form this season but he was dropped by Ten Hag for United’s game against Wolves on New Year’s Eve.

It was later revealed that the forward turned up late for the squad’s pre-game meeting as he “overslept”.

Rashford came off the bench to score the winner in the 1-0 victory for United. Ten Hag praised him after the win as he showed the right reaction to being dropped.

“It’s good after the decision, Rashford came in,” Ten Hag told BT Sport.

“He was bright, he was lively and he scored a goal to give a good reaction. Everyone has to adhere to the rules and if you react like this, it is the right answer.”

Rashford now has eleven goals and four assists in just 22 outings for Man Utd this term.

Casemiro has been taken aback by Rashford’s form and he has backed the forward to become one of the best players in the world.

“I’m gonna be very honest with you. I was really surprised with the player Rashford is,” Casemiro told ESPN Brazil.

“In my opinion, especially knowing the player off the pitch, I can tell you that if he’s doing well, he can be one of the top five players in the world.

“He has an incredible way of hitting the ball, he’s got strength, he’s quick, is very clever playing. He was one of the players that really surprised me.

“Of course, when you play in a different league you already know the player, but when you’re in the same club every day.”

Casemiro added: “What a spectacular player. I’m enjoying so much playing with him. He gives us a lot of energy. I’m delighted to play with him.

“And I’m sure if he stays like this, with the conditions he has, he can easily be a top-five player because he’s exceptional.”

Casemiro joined United in the summer from Real Madrid for around £60m after they failed to sign Frenkie de Jong.

The midfielder has proven to be an astute addition as United are reaping the benefits of his calm presence in the centre of the pitch.

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