Casemiro has admitted he’s been surprised by Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag’s ‘ambition’ at Old Trafford.

In both Casemiro and Ten Hag’s first season with the Red Devils, the club have shown marked improvement of performances on the pitch – particularly in cup competitions.

Man Utd currently sit in fourth place with just one week of Premier League football left in the 2022/23 season, and could yet do a cup double having already won the Carabao Cup and due to play in the all-Manchester FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium at the start of June.

Speaking about these successes and his impression of Ten Hag, Casemiro has revealed that the manager’s ambition has driven the Red Devils on throughout his maiden campaign at the club.

“He has surprised me a lot with his ambition. We have been talking among us, and we have been saying that he is a little bit heavy because he always likes to win,” the Brazilian said.

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“He is asking for more because for him 100 per cent is not enough. We have to give more than 100 per cent. He works a lot and is very ambitious. He has the ambition to change the whole club.

“He is a manager who has the respect from all the players and the fans as well. But I think we need to give him time because despite the fact we have already won one title and are quite close to the Champions League, we need more time to grow up. We can see he is changing a lot of things within the club. He is always showing ambition to win.”

Casemiro scored a wonderful goal for Man Utd as they saw off a high-flying Bournemouth side on Saturday afternoon. The win means that the club need just one point in their game against Chelsea on Thursday evening to secure UEFA Champions League qualification.


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