Following Manchester United’s 4-3 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, manager Erik ten Hag revealed the player he wants his team to look up to, and it’s not captain Bruno Fernandes.
This defeat marked United’s third consecutive loss, following defeats to Arsenal and Brighton in the Premier League.
In the midst of this early-season slump, Ten Hag wants his players to follow the example set by Casemiro, emphasizing the leadership he provides.
In his post-match remarks at the Allianz Arena, the Dutch manager stated, “He’s the one. As I mentioned earlier, you have to remain in the game. You have to exhibit leadership in those moments when the team faces difficulties, challenging situations, and we need to endure.”
He went on to say, “All the players can look up to him. He sets the example that all the players should follow. That player is Casemiro. In the end, he scored two goals.”
The seasoned Brazilian midfielder scored two late goals to narrow the deficit, as Manchester United resumes their European campaign against Galatasaray next month.
Ten Hag also discussed the nature of his team’s defeat against Bayern, referring to the fundamental principles of their style of play.
“When we fail to adhere to the principles of our own game, we will concede goals,” he noted.
“Every game is significant. We must create our own fortune. No one will assist us. You can see that in the first 25 minutes we played well, but we couldn’t find the net, so we had to stay in the game. But when you look at the first goal, we should have made it more challenging to take the shot.”