Casemiro names Man Utd star who stands out from the rest ahead of Carabao Cup final

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Casemiro has named the Manchester United star he believes stands out from the rest ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Newcastle at Wembley.

The Brazil international has been an outstanding presence in the United midfield since his arrival from Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer for what now likes somewhat of a bargain £60million deal.

Casemiro won five Champions League trophies and three LaLiga titles during his time at the Bernabeu, and is now eyeing more success at Old Trafford.

Erik ten Hag has already turned United into a force, despite his limited time with the club. Indeed, United are well in the Premier League title race, booked their place in the Europa League last-16 on Thursday night and will take on West Ham in the FA Cup 5th round.

And speaking prior to Sunday’s Wembley showpiece, Casemiro has revealed that Bruno Fernandes impressed him the most whenever he watched United play prior to his move to Old Trafford.

“‘Before coming to Manchester United, I’d turn on the TV and watch their games… and he was the best player,” Casemiro said of Fernandes.

“He’s one of the guys that helps up front and midfield, he is part of that transition. He’s our best player there.”

Fernandes has been hugely influential since joining the club from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020, scoring 57 goals in 163 appearances for the Red Devils.

Casemiro chasing titles with United

Casemiro, meanwhile, now admits that he ‘wants to be known’ as a title winner at United, after all the success he had in Madrid.

“That’s the most important thing,” the 31-year-old said. “Regardless if we win or not, because we know it’s hard to win titles, especially the Premier League, where all games are tough.

“But I want to win titles and important games here. It’s not easy. We know that. Especially because we’re talking about the most difficult league in the world. But that’s what I want to be known for.”

Casemiro also revealed the main difference between playing in the Premier League and LaLiga, admitting: “Well, honestly, it’s different.

“Especially because of the different circumstances, like the intensity of the games here. I’m not trying to underestimate La Liga, but the games here are much more difficult, there’s a higher number of transitions.

“In Spain, they usually prefer tiki-taka football as they call it there. Here there are more transitions, more attacking moves.

“Each league has its own qualities and traits. I know each has its own traits and I respect both [leagues]. But the most important thing is for players to adapt as quickly as possible.”

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