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Paul Scholes raves about ‘sensational’ Casemiro, compares him to legendary Roy Keane

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has compared Casemiro to former club captain Roy Keane.

Casemiro is already one of Erik ten Hag’s most important players. 

He has been a spectacular addition to the United team which desperately required a holding midfielder for the last few years.

Scholes heaped praise on the Brazilian midfielder ahead of the Red Devils’ Europa League decider against Barcelona.

He told Manchester United’s official website: “Casemiro has been sensational really. It’s almost like he’s a coach on the football pitch.

“You’ve seen the difference from when he’s come into the team and what he’s made [happen]. 

“He has great experience and I don’t think he gets the credit for the way he plays. 

“He is a really good passer of the ball, which surprised me a little bit, when you think you saw Luka Modric and Toni Kroos as the playmakers at Real Madrid. But this lad can play.

“I’ve heard so many times that he’s probably the best-holding midfielder as well. I don’t see him as a holding midfielder. 

“He’s a proper United midfielder that gets involved in everything. You see him up the pitch, you see him defending, you see him controlling the game at times. 

“He’s probably as close to Roy Keane as you’re going to get. I think he’s been brilliant.

Casemiro has enjoyed an amazing start to life at Manchester

The midfielder, who turned 31 today, has been instrumental to United since he arrived from Real Madrid.

The Red Devils have won 75 percent of their games this season when Casemiro has started.

He was suspended from the game against Arsenal which the Gunners eventually won 3-2. His absence was clearly felt as United failed to have control and stability at the centre of the park.

Scholes has rightly pointed out one of Casemiro’s highly underrated qualities.

The Brazilian is outstanding with his ball distribution and always tries to make a forward pass. 

He has also impressed the fans with his long-range passing. Whenever there is an opportunity, he tries to find Marcus Rashford or Alejandro Garnacho running behind the defenders.

He has scored four goals and registered five assists for United this term. 

The statistics clearly show that Scholes is accurate with Casemiro’s praise that he is more than a defensive midfielder.

Fair to say, he has already made his transfer fee of £70 million look inexpensive.

The midfielder will be eager to battle with Barcelona at Old Trafford tonight in the all-important Europa League play-off.