Manchester United midfielder, Casemiro, has said manager Erik ten Hag’s “obsession with winning” stands him apart from other coaches he has played under.
Casemiro only joined United in a £70million deal from Real Madrid in the summer.
And has begun to thrive under Ten Hag, after a subdued start to his career at Old Trafford.
United, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions. And play Real Sociedad in the Europa League on Thursday evening in a battle for top spot in Group E.
Speaking ahead of United’s Europa League tie, Casemiro was asked what he can learn from Ten Hag having already played under Carlo Ancelotti, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Felipe Scolari and Tite.
‘After being in football for quite a while, despite the fact I’m only 30, his [Ten Hag’s] obsession for winning is what surprised me the most,’ Casemiro said.
‘I think he’s got many strengths, we all know it’s a process and we’re growing together. We see he wants to win and his obsession for teaching and making us better to the millimetre is key.
‘That obsession with winning is something I’ve only seen with very few managers.’
Why Casemiro left Real Madrid
Meanwhile, Ten Hag revealed what motivated Casemiro to leave Real Madrid for United.
‘He told me when we had the first talk he needs a new challenge. Because with Real Madrid he won everything,’ said Ten Hag.
‘He was a big part of Real Madrid, still they don’t want him to go. But he had the feeling I have to go to another club, to another league to prove myself and that shows his hunger, I really like that.
‘From the first day on he is coming with that attitude to every training, to every match and he proves it. I really like it and he will be more and more important to our team.
‘I said it the other day, he is the cement between the stones in and out of possession. You see him growing from game to game and with that, our team is growing.
‘We are really happy with that process but we have to keep that process going, because we are not satisfied, good is not good enough, we have to do better, so tomorrow we have another challenge and another test to do better.’