West Ham star Lucas Paqueta on what sets Manchester United’s Casemiro apart from the rest

May 7, 2023

Man Utd travel to West Ham looking to cement their place in the Premier League’s top four and Casemiro has been crucial to their success

Lucas Paqueta has heaped praise on Brazil teammate Casemiro, lauding the Manchester United midfielder’s dedication to working behind the scenes to maintain the standard.

Paqueta’s West Ham United host the Reds in another massive Premier League clash on Sunday, withErik ten Hag’s side hoping to re-establish a four-point gap between themselves and fifth-placed Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Brentford 1-0 on Saturday and are now just one point short, having played twice more.

United midfielder Casemiro has been crucial to his side’s pursuit of a top-four place this season, with the Brazilian’s elite mentality rubbing off on those around him at Old Trafford and every day at Carrington.

Such professionalism has seen the deep-lying midfielder stay at the highest level since joining Real Madrid a decade ago. And the 31-year-old’s dedication to the game has been an inspiration to Brazil teammate Paqueta.

“Casemiro is a great player and a friend, and I’m looking forward to playing against him on Sunday,” the West Ham midfielder told his club’s in-house media team. “He’s an example to follow as a person and a professional.