Neville hails the impact of 'dominant force' Casemiro at Man United

‘What he has done to that dressing room is off the SCALE’: Gary Neville raves about Casemiro’s impact at Manchester United, saying the midfielder is a ‘dominant force’ who could have a ‘massive’ effect on the title race

  • Casemiro is proving to be one of Manchester United’s players of the season 
  • He was pivotal as Erik ten Hag’s men won the Carabao Cup against Newcastle
  • Gary Neville called him a ‘dominant force’ and hailed his impact at Old Trafford 

Gary Neville has showered Casemiro with praise for the impact he has had on the Manchester United dressing room – calling him ‘a dominant force’ in the team. 

Casemiro has been one of United’s standout stars this season since arriving at Old Trafford from Real Madrid for £70million last summer, joining with a big reputation after winning five Champions Leagues with Los Blancos. 

But while there were big expectations on Casemiro to lift a struggling Red Devils side, the Brazilian has gone from strength to strength under Erik ten Hag and has been one of the first names on his team-sheet – recently starring in the Carabao Cup final to help United beat Newcastle. 

Neville believes Casemiro has revolutionised the dressing room, calling his influence ‘off the scale’ and said he was blown away by how he has ‘controlled’ the team.    

‘What Casemiro has done to that dressing room is off the scale,’ the former Man United defender told Sky Sports. 

Gary Neville has waxed lyrical about Casemiro, calling him a ‘dominant force’ at Man United

The Man United legend said the Brazilian’s impact at Old Trafford had been ‘off the scale’

‘He looks like he’s in complete control of that team – a dominant force.’

With Casemiro’s help, United have risen up to third in the Premier League table – overcoming a difficult start to the season initially as one of the only sides in any position to challenge title frontrunners Arsenal and Man City. 

While Neville has given up hope of catching leaders Arsenal – who are 11 points ahead – he feels the presence of Casemiro in midfield can at least help United push the top two teams, saying he could have a ‘massive impact’ on the rest of the season. 

‘I feel they’re not going to win title but I wouldn’t like Casemiro chasing me down if Arsenal and City drop points. 

‘He could have massive impact in terms of how United could approach it.’ 

Casemiro played the first 45 minutes in United’s 3-1 win over West Ham – that saw the home side trail 1-0 in the FA Cup clash – before Nayef Aguerd’s own goal, Alejandro Garnacho’s strike and finally a goal from Wout Weghorst sealed their place in the next round.

He praised the Brazilian for taking ‘complete control’ in terms of his influence on team-mates 

Neville even tipped Casemiro to have a ‘massive’ effect on the title race – despite United being 11 points behind leaders Arsenal  

Neville was full of praise for United’s fighting spirit, saying the team look like they are ‘never out of the game’ under Erik ten Hag.  

‘I was watching the game feeling “will they come back? Is it one game too far?” They looked a bit nervous but this team is starting to build trust in the fans, in ourselves watching. They’re never out of the game, they’ve got great spirit, they’ve got the bounce back in them, they never feel like they’re beaten.’

He said his old side would have a successful season if they finish with a trophy and finish in the top four – but added he wouldn’t be surprised if they ended with another piece of silverware.  

‘There’ll be people [at United] who realign their targets for what they should achieve. If you said top 4 and carabao cup – that’s a successful season, but let’s not lose sight of where United were a few months ago. 

‘It wouldn’t be surprise if they picked up another trophy. It’s easier than it looked a few weeks ago, Europa has excellent teams – I wouldn’t put it past them because momentum is with them and momentum is big at this point of season.’

Casemiro has featured a total of 34 times since his arrival at United, scoring five times – the last of which came in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Newcastle. 

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