Casemiro said Manchester United’s Carabao Cup victory validated his choice to leave Real Madrid.
Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, who joined United from Real last summer for £70million, scored the opener at Wembley as Erik ten Hag’s side overcame Newcastle 2-0. The victory ended United’s six-year wait for a trophy and Casemiro – a five-time Champions League winner with Real – said it showed he was right to make the move to England.
“”I left a great club and moved to England, and many were puzzled why,” Casemiro explained. “Moments like these are the solution. We’re all aware that this is just the beginning, but it doesn’t mean we can’t be joyful.
“It’s one more prize for me and I always embrace it, regardless of the competition. I celebrated a lot because I’m having a good time here.”
Casemiro said United’s win underlined the progress made in Ten Hag’s first season in charge and claimed their rivals know the Red Devils are on the way back. “”We’re expanding and earning respect in this country, but it’s still early and we have a long way to go,” Casemiro added.
“We can’t hide, there are teams ahead of us like Manchester City and Arsenal, so we have to cope with this reality. Yet, we are learning our manager’s mindset and will continue to progress.
“My past has always been about winning since I was a youngster, so here it isn’t any different. I’ve come to support my teammates and Manchester United.”
Casemiro celebrated a tackle on Newcastle’s Joelinton late in the game with the same fervor as his goal and said winning the ball means as much to him as scoring. “Anyone already knows me understands I go after the ball as if it’s a dish of food,” stated Casemiro.
“This is my character, that didn’t happen because it was a final or something. I attack every ball as if it was the last one.”
One man who expressed their approval of the Brazilian midfielder during his display at Wembley was Red Devils’ hero Roy Keane. Casemiro was spotted clashing with teammate Bruno Fernandes just after the final whistle – something that impressed the Irishman.
Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “Are they arguing there?” Keane stated on Sky Sports. “Yeah, maybe. I like that. I don’t know what they’re talking over, but it indicates they care.”
Casemiro will be hoping to retain his effect for the Red Devils as they attempt to continue their cup success under Ten Hag. In midweek, United faced Premier League rivals West Ham in the fifth round of the FA Cup before facing Liverpool at Anfield the following weekend.