'His obsession for winning is what surprised me most': Man United's Casemiro raves about Erik ten Hag's desire to be the best as he insists the Dutchman shows qualities seldom seen before despite having worked under Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane

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'His obsession for winning is what surprised me most': Man United's Casemiro raves about Erik ten Hag's desire to be the best as he insists the Dutchman shows qualities seldom seen before despite having worked under Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane

  • Man United midfielder Casemiro has heaped praise on team boss Erik ten Hag
  • The Brazilian highlighted Ten Hag's impressive determination for winning
  • Casemiro played under both Zinedine Zidane and Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid
  • But insisted that Ten Hag shows qualities he has 'only seen in a few managers'

Manchester United's star midfielder Casemiro has heaped praise on team manager Erik ten Hag, revealing that the Dutchman demonstrates impressive qualities rarely seen elsewhere.

The five-times Champions League winner has starred under Ten Hag since completing his £70million summer move to Old Trafford, becoming a key figure in United's engine-room.

During his nine year stint at Real Madrid, the Brazilian played under Rafael Benítez, Carlo Ancelotti, Zinedine Zidane, Julen Lopetegui, and Santiago Solari. Quite the resume consisting of some of football's most fabled managers.

Man United's Brazilian midfielder Casemiro has heaped praise on team manager Erik ten Hag

Man United's Brazilian midfielder Casemiro has heaped praise on team manager Erik ten Hag

Man United's Brazilian midfielder Casemiro has heaped praise on team manager Erik ten Hag

Casemiro (left) raved about Ten Hag's (right) determination for winning every match

Casemiro (left) raved about Ten Hag's (right) determination for winning every match

However, the 30-year-old believes new United boss Ten Hag demonstrates all the qualities required to bring the club back to the top of European football, despite having only joined the club in August.

When asked to appraise the impact Ten Hag has made in Manchester, Casemiro said: 'After being in football for quite a while even though I'm only 30, his obsession for winning is what surprised me the most.

'I think he's got many strengths, we all know it's a process and we're growing together. 

'We want to win and [Ten Hag] is obsessed with teaching us and making us better to the millimetre. 

Ten Hag has enjoyed a strong start to life since taking over as Man United manager

Ten Hag has enjoyed a strong start to life since taking over as Man United manager

Casemiro played under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

The Brazilian starred under current Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti

Casemiro starred under both Zinedine Zidane (left) and Carlo Ancelotti (right) during his nine year Real Madrid career

'That obsession with winning is something I've only seen with very few managers.' 

Ten Hag's appointment is seen as a shift in approaches in the Man United boardroom with the club determined to see the 52-year-old bring the glory days of yesteryear back to the Theatre of Dreams.

Previous disappointing managerial appointments have seen Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Soskjaer, and interim appointment Ralf Rangnick all fail in their quest to challenge for the Premier League title once more.

Casemiro's decision to join the struggling Reds came as a surprise to many, with Real Madrid's willingness to let one of their most successful ever players depart the Santiago Bernabéu even more so.

Casemiro insisted that Ten Hag demonstrates qualities he has 'rarely seen before'

Casemiro insisted that Ten Hag demonstrates qualities he has 'rarely seen before'

The Brazilian midfielder (middle right) scored his first United goal against Chelsea

The Brazilian midfielder (middle right) scored his first United goal against Chelsea

Many quizzed the Brazilian's intentions to leave the current Champions League holders for a side competing in the Europa League as being purely financial. 

However, such suggestions were re-buffed by United boss Ten Hag who explained the serial title-winning midfielder needed a new challenge having spent the majority of his career in Spain.

'In the first conversation [Casemiro] told me he needs a new challenge because at Real Madrid he won everything,' said Ten Hag.

'He was a big part at Real Madrid and they didn't want him to go but he had the feeling 'I have to go to another club, another league to prove myself', and that shows his hunger.'

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