Painting the town red! Man United stars Casemiro and Diogo Dalot head out for dinner with their partners to toast win over Aston Villa... as Erik ten Hag's side keep pace with rivals Newcastle in the battle for third place
Manchester United's Casemiro and Diogo Dalot took time out from their race for a top-four finish on Monday night to grab dinner in Manchester.
The team-mates spent the evening at Piccolino in Hale – an upscale enclave in Cheshire home to a number of City and United players – with their partners.
Dalot proposed to Claudia Lopes in March of this year after the couple attended a Chris Brown concert in Manchester.
Casemiro and his wife Anna Mariana have been married since 2014, and have two children, daughter Sara and their son Caio.
Dalot and Casemiro have been firm friends since the former Real Madrid midfielder's £70m move to United last summer, with the Brazilian naming Dalot as one of his closest friends in the squad in an interview with the club's website in November 2022.
Casemiro enjoyed a rare evening off with his wife Anna Mariana at Piccolino in Hale on Monday
The pair were joined by team-mate Diogo Dalot and his fiancee Claudio Lopes (centre)
The pair have been firm friends since Casemiro made the move to United in summer 2022
Both players took advantage of some time of during United's hectic fixture schedule, which continued with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.
The win at Old Trafford not only ensured fourth-placed United kept pace with Newcastle, who sit just two points ahead of them in third place.
Before losing to United, Unai Emery's men were enjoying a 10-match unbeaten streak that has lifted them up to fifth place, but the Villans were stopped in their tracks by a 39th-minute strike by Bruno Fernandes.
The Portugal star netted the only goal of the match just before the half-time break but his performance didn't come without criticism from his team-mates.
Casemiro was involved in a heated discussion with the No 8 after the final whistle and in images captured by Sky Sports, neither player looks wholly satisfied by the slender win.
But their argument is yet to have lasting consequences, and may have just been a display of what manager Erik ten Hag called 'character' when he spoke to journalists after the match.
After the final whistle, Casemiro appeared to remonstrate with Bruno Fernandes, who scored the side's only goal to beat Aston Villa 1-0
But regardless of performance Sunday's home win could prove crucial to United's top-four hopes
'We have seen character today, we were determined, passionate and we had to win and played good football,' the Dutch manager said.
Ten Hag will hope there is passion to spare in his side, as they continue to compete across two fronts with the season drawing to a dramatic conclusion.
United are next in action with a trip to Brighton on Thursday before they visit West Ham on Sunday.
The Red Devils have the chance to end the season with two trophies as they have reached the FA Cup final, where they will take on arch-rivals Manchester City, who are chasing a treble.
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