Red Devils midfielder Casemiro has revealed the two ‘incredible’ Manchester United legends that inspired him growing up.

The 30-year-old, who joined the Red Devils from Real Madrid in the summer, has been named as the best midfielder in the world in recent years by his Brazilian teammate Neymar.

Former Reds captain and fellow midfield marvel Bryan Robson has warned the rest of the Premier League that the five-time Champions League winner is only going to get better for Erik ten Hag’s side after the World Cup.

Young midfielders who are growing up and have aspirations of dominating games at the highest level, in the same manner that United’s number 18 has done for the last seven years, will likely be studying Casemiro’s game.

Casemiro reveals the two ‘incredible’ Manchester United legends that inspired him growing up

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The 67-time Brazil international, who is targeting World Cup glory in Qatar, is a student of the game and in an interview with the club’s website, Casemiro has revealed which players inspired him as he was growing up.

Alongside the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Brazilian Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, Manchester United legends Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes get a special mention from our midfield enforcer.

The former Los Blancos man said: “I used to love watching Zidane. I loved watching [Paul] Scholes too, and talking of United, Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, what an incredible player! These are all players who were winners.

“Ronaldo Fenomeno, Ronaldinho Gaucho… And talking of players in my position, Gilberto Silva, Mauro Silva, [Claude] Makelele.”

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Both Ferdinand and Scholes were instrumental to United’s sustained success under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The former England duo were leaders and raised their performances on the biggest stage.

That’s exactly what Casemiro has done throughout his career and the man who started his career at Sau Paulo will be desperate to get Manchester United back at the top of the footballing mountain during his time with the club.

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