The strategy Erik ten Hag and his coaching staff are implementing to try to turn around Manchester United’s performance this season has been made public by Casemiro. Having already dropped five league games this season, the most recent being against Manchester City last weekend, Man United is currently ranked eighth in the Premier League standings. Ten Hag is under increasing pressure as questions are being raised about his tactics for the first time since he arrived at Old Trafford. The Red Devils will play their first Carabao Cup match against Newcastle United tonight. On Saturday, they will play Fulham in the league.
Casemiro, who has scored four goals this season, has disclosed that Man United has been concentrating on scoring from set pieces in order to help him contribute ahead of the big games. “There’s no doubt that this is something we’ve been working on a lot,” he stated. “First-team coach Eric Ramsay puts a lot of effort into dead-ball situations, which is precisely why he works for the team. He should be commended for his efforts in pointing out to us the areas in which we can harm them most. In my opinion, the coaching staff has been really helpful in this area.
The 31-year-old added: “Of course, those stats you mentioned are important [four goals in 11 games], especially for me given that I’m a defensive midfielder, but anything I can contribute to the team is really important to me. I’m always trying to help out. Obviously, my main aim isn’t to score.
“I have other duties. However, if I can chip in with goals from set-pieces and contribute to the team in this way then that counts for a lot. The credit shouldn’t just be given to the players and the specific player who scores, but the coaching staff as well.”
After a stellar debut campaign at Man United following his move from Real Madrid, Casemiro has come under criticism for his performances this term