Paul Scholes said he was “surprised” by the range of passes provided by five-times Champions League winner Casemiro in Man United’s victory over Sharif in the Europa League, admitting he thought the former Real Madrid star “was more of a ball winner”.
- Casemiro presented in the first half and impressed him throughout the second
- The Brazilian struggled to break into the first team after joining in August
- Paul Scholes impressed with his performance in Moldova on Thursday
Paul Scholes has admitted that he was surprised by Casemiro’s ability on the ball after the Brazilian put in a superb technical performance for Manchester United in the Europa League.
Casemiro, a £70m summer deal from Real Madrid, was introduced at halftime for Scott McTominay as United netted a comfortable 2-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol.
Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Scholes said he believed Casemiro would be more than ‘[ball] The winner’ after seeing him play alongside technical maestros Toni Kroos and Luka Modric for a number of seasons and was pleasantly surprised by his impressive array of passes – despite the 30-year-old’s impressive number of titles.
Paul Scholes admitted that he was surprised by Casemiro’s ability on the ball after his impressive display against Sheriff Tiraspol
He said: ‘He surprised me a little bit with his passes forward and the extent of his passes.
I thought he was more of a winner, getting the ball back in midfield. It was Kroos and Modric last year. He has more in his game and shown more range in his game.
Despite the quality he has shown, Scholes believes the former Real Madrid player will take some time to dislodge McTominay and break into Erik ten Hag’s first team.
The Brazilian performed at halftime and impressed with his longest appearance to date
The Dutch coach, who has seen his side win four of their last five games before facing them on Thursday night, went with his main team in the Premier League in Moldova with the only change from beating Arsenal, Cristiano Ronaldo instead of Marcus Rashford. It was imposed due to the latter’s injury.
Ten Hag made the changes to United’s defeat to Real Sociedad in their opening Europa League match last week.
The Dutchman was keen to ensure his European campaign took off with a victory in Moldova and chose a strong team for the match.
The match against the Sheriff was United’s last outing even after the international break after the standoff with Leeds was postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II and overburdened police resources due to funeral arrangements in the capital.
‘I thought it’ [Ten Hag] He would always have picked the Premier League team [against Sheriff]Scholes said.
Scott McTominay has so far managed to hold off Casemiro and retain his place in Eric Ten Hag’s starting line-up.
Scholes said the Brazilian will have to wait longer to prove his place in the team
Casemiro, we know the quality he has and he will have to work his way into this team. He has been good, well, last week – he is smart and experienced.
Eventually, he’ll make his way into this team, but he’s going to have to wait a bit…This is his first game in some time, and I think eventually, with the quality that he has, he’ll make his way into a team.”
Scholes’ comments might raise eyebrows given Casemiro’s standing in the game and his successful career so far. The Brazilian won five Champions League titles, as well as three La Liga titles and three Club World Cup titles.
Casemiro joined United towards the end of the transfer window and made his first-team debut as a second-half substitute in the 1-0 win over Southampton.
He has been limited to appearing on the bench in the Premier League so far, and also participated in the victories against Leicester and Arsenal, but started the defeat against Sociedad.
Casemiro made his first debut for his new club in a 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad last week