Casemiro is in line to start again in Spain
Erik ten Hag was impressed by Casemiro's desire for a new challenge when they first spoke prior to the midfielder's move to Manchester United. This conversation took place before the player made his move.
Casemiro was acquired by United from Real Madrid for a fee that started at £60 million and increased to £70 million. Ever since the Brazilian was recalled to the starting lineup against Omonia Nicosia a month ago, United have been undefeated.
Casemiro, who is 30 years old, has started all eight of United's unbeaten matches. He kept United's unbeaten streak alive with an added-time equalizer against Chelsea, and he is expected to start again when United plays Real Sociedad in Spain for their final game in the group stage of the Europa League.
"He told me when we had our first talk that he needs a new challenge," Ten Hag said, "because with Real Madrid he won everything. 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, and I really like that." "He told me when we had our first talk that he needs a new challenge because with Real Madrid he won everything."
"I believe that from the very first day on he is coming with that attitude to every single training, to every single match, and he proves it. It appeals to me a lot, and I think he'll become an increasingly vital part of our team.
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. "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. You see him growing from game to game and with that, our team is growing. You see him growing from game to game and with that
For United to finish first in Group E and avoid having to play in a knockout round against one of the eight clubs that finish third in the group stage of the Champions League, they need to win by at least two goals in San Sebastian.
In the first game of the group, which took place at Old Trafford, Sociedad prevailed over United by a score of 1-0 to keep their perfect record intact. In their history, United has only triumphed in Spain by a score of 2-0 three times.
Ten Hag commented on the match that took place in reverse, saying, "I think it was about eight weeks ago or so, it's a different team, not all the players on the pitch were that fit." "We're growing, we're developing, and we're making good progress; however, it's difficult to win games here. We know that in order to win, we need to win by a two-goal margin; we have a plan for that, and we do everything we can to make sure it happens.
"I believe that their coach (Imanol Alguacil) enjoys proactive football. I like the philosophy that their coach espouses; it's similar to mine. They are eager to play, and I believe he will honor their request; however, we must first read [the game]. If he takes a different approach, then we will need to modify our strategy as well.
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