BBC pundit Martin Keown raves about Manchester United star Casemiro's passing qualities

BBC pundit Martin Keown believes that Manchester United and Brazil midfielder Casemiro “doesn’t get enough credit” for his passing range.

United’s number 18 started at the base of the midfield in a star-studded Brazil side that won their World Cup opener against Serbia 2-0 this evening.

With Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Junior and Richarlison in front of him, the 30-year-old was tasked with protecting the Selecao’s defence and gluing Tite’s team togteher.

But instead of marvelling over the former Real Madrid’s defensive qualities, and his ability to sniff out danger – former Arsenal centre-back Keown reserved special praise for the five-time Champions League winner’s passing qualities.

BBC pundit Martin Keown raves about Manchester United star Casemiro’s passing qualities

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Speaking live on BBC One, commentating on the Group G encounter, Keown said: “He [Casemiro] doesn’t get enough credit for his passing.”

Casemiro was the only Manchester United player to start the game and he came so close to scoring his sixth goal for his country on his 66th cap.

The midfield enforcer hit the bar with a first-time effort from the edge of the box, in the second half, which had former Red Devils goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic all but beaten.

Wearing the number five jersey, the former Los Blancos midfielder finished the game with 77 touches and completed 56 of his attempted 66 passes (86% pass accuracy), as per SofaScore.

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As well as creating two chances, Casemiro broke up the Serbian’s play in his trademark graceful style. He won five duels alongside registering two clearances, three tackles and blocking one shot.

His Manchester United teammates Fred and Antony came off the bench in the second half to make their World Cupd debuts.

It was yet another dominant and classy performance from arguably the world’s best defensive midfielder.

Brazil are one of the favourites to win their sixth World Cup in Qatar and if Casemiro stays at his consistent and imperious best, Tite’s men will have a great chance of going all the way.

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