Casemiro sends clear Man Utd message to Sheikh Jassim and Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Casemiro lifts the lid on teammates

Casemiro has made it clear Erik ten Hag deserves more time at Manchester United as takeover talk continues to rumble on. Sheikh Jassim has tabled four offers for the club so far, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe lodging three bids. No matter who occupies the power positions at the club, however, their No 18 believes Ten Hag must stay in charge.

Casemiro fired United closer to a place in next season’s Champions League on Saturday, scoring the only goal of the game in a narrow 1-0 victory over Bournemouth.

And the Brazil international has now hailed Ten Hag, while also calling on the club to give the 53-year-old more time to work his magic.

“He has surprised me a lot with his ambition,” said the former Real Madrid star.  

“We have been talking among us, and we have been saying that he is a little bit heavy because he always likes to win.

“He is asking for more because for him 100 per cent is not enough. We have to give more than 100 per cent.

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“He works a lot and is very ambitious. He has the ambition to change the whole club.

“He is a manager who has the respect from all the players and the fans as well.

“But I think we need to give him time because despite the fact we have already won one title and are quite close to the Champions League, we need more time to grow up.

“But we can see he is changing a lot of things within the club. He is always showing ambition to win.”

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Yet both Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim are likely to heed Casemiro’s advice given the job Ten Hag has done at Old Trafford so far.

United won the EFL Cup under the Dutchman back in February, while they’re also through to the final of the FA Cup.

And, should they claim a point against Chelsea in Thursday night’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford, they’ll be playing Champions League football next season.

The Blues have endured a shambolic season and won’t be strutting their stuff on the European stage next term.

But Casemiro has fired a warning to his team-mates, insisting they can’t underestimate Chelsea despite their woes.

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“We cannot be relaxed,” added the veteran.

“We know Chelsea aren’t going well but they are a huge club that won the Champions League just a few years ago.

“It’s going to be a really difficult game.

“But I am really happy here. I am enjoying being in the Premier League a lot.

“I haven’t enjoyed it this much for a long time and since I arrived at the club, all of the staff, the fans, everybody have been really incredible with me.  

“I am trying to give them back everything on the field and give my best.”

United drew 1-1 with Chelsea earlier in the season at Stamford Bridge.

Casemiro netted a dramatic late equaliser that day, cancelling out an earlier penalty from Jorginho. 

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