Manchester United summer signing Casemiro has revealed his enjoyment over playing alongside Marcus Rashford, who he feels can be “top five” in the world.
Introducing Casemiro to the side has clearly made United a better side. A player who has won five Champions League titles is bound to have an effect on his team.
Since his arrival at the club, in the Premier League, the Red Devils have lost just twice. It is no coincidence that they turned a corner when the Brazilian began to be introduced from the start.
During the 6-3 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City in October, Casemiro played just 31 minutes. He has started every league game since then, of which United have won six and drawn two.
Clearly, his role is one of the more important ones in the side. For Casemiro himself, though, it is one of his teammates that is having the biggest impact.
Indeed, the midfielder has been shocked by just how much quality Rashford possesses, and he had some lofty expectations of him.
“I’m gonna be very honest with you. I was really surprised with the player Rashford is. 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 told ESPN.
Casemiro ‘enjoying’ playing alongside ‘spectacular’ Rashford
The midfielder has clearly build a good rapport with Rashford, as he detailed his enjoyment at playing alongside him, as well as outlining specific skills which make him such a good player.
“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 has played with some top players, including: Karim Benzema, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo. As such, he can clearly spot a quality player when he sees one.
For him to have such lofty expectations for Rashford shows just how well he is playing at the moment.
Rashford on top form
Rashford’s performances of late have shown him to be a player that can perform at the highest level. When he first emerged and started repeatedly finding the back of the net, the promise was there.
However, last season, his drop-off was massive, and it looked as if he might not be able to reach those heights.
This season, though, he is back to his best. After a World Cup campaign in which he scored three times, he has returned to United in great touch.
The forward has contributed to four goals in his last three games at United. That puts his combined tally of goals and assists at 15 for this season.
If he continues on current form, he could better his best tally of 36. Hitting similar numbers season after season could mean he starts to be seen as one of the globe’s top players.
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