Casemiro’s new role in Brazil may give Ten Hag some headaches


According to reports, Casemiro will wear the captain’s armband for Brazil‘s upcoming international match.

The most recent time the Manchester United defensive midfielder led the team out was in January 2022 when Brazil played Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier.

The former Real Madrid player’s appointment as Selecao captain, according to reports in the Brazilian publication Globo, might herald the start of a new era for the team after six-year boss Tite left in the wake of a dismal World Cup performance.

Thiago Silva, captain in Qatar, is currently sidelined with a knee ligament injury and is therefore unavailable for selection, but the 38-year-old defender had earlier declared that the 2018 World Cup would be his final tournament.

Interim Ramon Menezes, the manager of Brazil, has selected a new-look Brazil team for the friendly match against Morocco. The 31-year-old midfielder is the oldest outfield player on the team, which also features teenager and recent Chelsea signee Andrey Santos.

Erik ten Hag may be interested in how his player performs while on international duty because club captain Harry Maguire’s long-term relationship with United is in doubt.

Since January 2020, Maguire has served as United’s captain. Despite a mediocre 2021/22 season, Ten Hag’s arrival over the summer allowed Maguire to keep the armband.

Although he is a rarely utilized option in United’s back line, the Dutch manager may strive for more consistency in the captaincy position given speculations that the former Leicester player may leave in the forthcoming transfer window.

When Maguire isn’t playing, Bruno Fernandes has frequently assumed the captaincy, but he hasn’t yet demonstrated that he possesses the requisite skills.

The most recent issue surrounding the Portuguese international was his actions during United’s dismal 7-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.

After a disastrous day, Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton demanded that the player lose his captaincy.

This matchup between Casemiro and the north African team, who in December became the first African and Arab nation to advance past the quarterfinals of the World Cup, could mark a turning moment for Ten Hag.

Since arriving at Old Trafford, United’s summer acquisition has excelled, turning into an unstoppable talisman for Ten Hag’s resurgent side and one of the Red Devils’ players of the season.

Ten Hag’s confidence in Casemiro was put to the test last week when he started the player against Real Betis in their Europa League second-leg match despite the possibility that he would receive a suspension.

Yet Casemiro delivered a strong and flawless performance before being replaced in the second half as United easily won 1-0 to go to the quarterfinals.

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