Casemiro has left no doubt about his preferred choice for Manchester United’s next manager in the event they decide to part ways with Erik ten Hag.
The current head coach, Ten Hag, is facing mounting pressure to deliver improved results following Manchester United’s lackluster start to the 2023/2024 season.
The dissatisfaction of the Old Trafford faithful was palpable on Wednesday night as they witnessed their team suffer a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup fourth round.
In the wake of this, the odds of Ten Hag’s dismissal have shortened, and a slew of potential replacements, including Julian Nagelsmann, Graham Potter, and Roberto De Zerbi, have been linked with the managerial position.
However, the leading candidate to take over from Ten Hag is none other than the former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, who steered the Spanish La Liga giants to three consecutive Champions League titles during his tenure.
In a prior interview with The Guardian, Casemiro expressed his admiration for Zidane, leaving no doubt about his endorsement of the French legend.
Casemiro stated, “Even to this day, I get a bit nervous talking to him. I tell him he doesn’t realize what he meant for us, for me.”
“Yes, I tell him that: you took ’98 away, but it didn’t change anything. Also, getting to know him now, I can confidently say he deserves it. He’s incredible: the humility, the way he interprets football. He treats us with so much affection and love.”
Casemiro went on to say, “He’s very demanding; he always, always says: ‘Case, you can do more: arrive from the second line, feed the midfielders, play the ball out cleanly.’ This year, maybe I’ve had more involvement with the ball, but I still understand my role: win the ball back and distribute it to my teammates.”
“But Zizou is persistent, always pushing me: he says, ‘I’m not asking you to do something you can’t do; I’m asking you to do something you can.’ He has immense trust in me.”