Casemiro produced a dominant performance as Manchester United secured a 1-0 win over Real Betis.
The Brazilian has done battle against the La Liga side multiple times during his career, and this was his second win in a Manchester United shirt.
United’s record against Spanish sides has improved under Erik ten Hag, having now knocked out Barcelona and Real Betis.
Casemiro played the entire game, and provided the assist for Marcus Rashford‘s match winning goal.
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Casemiro gives everything
Casemiro’s performance sent a message, showing the team he can be trusted from a disciplinary point of view.
He avoided a yellow card which would have got him suspended for the first leg of the quarter-finals.
Completing all 90 minutes, he allowed his teammates to get rest, when he has a whole month of it ahead. Casemiro was determined to give everything while he is allowed to.
This was a ‘you’ll miss me’ performance from Casemiro, as he prepares to serve his four-game suspension after his red card at the weekend.
Casemiro touched the ball 106 times. He completed 63 passes, more than any player on the pitch, including seven long passes.
The Brazilian was also the most creative player on display, making four key passes – level with Bruno Fernandes, and 13 passes into the final third.
He also showed his experience in helping United to slow the game down, winning three free-kicks for his side.
Casemiro won two tackles, made two interceptions and made one clearance, winning 11 duels in total.
This was a complete all round performance from the five-times Champions League winner, who has become an integral part of the Manchester United team since he joined last summer.
Casemiro is now up to six assists for the season in addition to five assists.
He will be a big miss for Erik ten Hag’s side over the upcoming games, and this was a reminder of how valuable he is, on both sides of the ball.