Man Utd Champions League star Casemiro takes the Omonia Nicosia game seriously, although he’s likely never heard of them

CASEMIRO may have dumbed down in the second tier of European competition.

After all, he came to Old Trafford after winning the Champions League five times.

Casemiro is proving his worth as a new Manchester United midfielder

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Casemiro is proving his worth as a new Manchester United midfielderPhoto credit: Getty

Given the heights the Brazilian has reached in his career, chances are he hasn’t even heard of a team called Omonia Nicosia – or at least they’ve never been on his radar.

But when he came up against Neil Lennon’s pesky team, nothing was too bad when it came to his job as a defensive midfielder.

While those before him struggled to beat their Cypriot opponents, the 30-year-old showed exactly why boss Erik ten Hag persuaded Manchester United to pay £70m for his services.

There were people who said he flattered deception by forming the defensive part of a triangle that was completed by Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

His doubters indicated he lacked the pace and could get caught in the corner.

That he would indeed be an accident waiting to happen in the greater intensity of the Premier League.

And so there would have been some who said ‘I told you so’ as he was ambushed on the ball by Amadou Onoha before Alex Iwobi opened the scoring for Everton on Sunday night.

Still, he never made a mistake after that punishing early moment.

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Indeed, he has grown impressively into the game and has shown that he is not only a destroyer but can also be dangerous up front.

He should have scored with a dive header, then two minutes later caught Iwobi in possession.

His instant through ball for Cristiano Ronaldo to bag the milestone 700th A career goal – which proved victorious in United’s 2-1 comeback triumph – was measured perfectly.

Against Omonia, when he ventured forward late in the first half, he accepted a pass from Marcus Rashford, made a step forward and slammed a shot from 25 yards off the bar.

Soon after, he could, and probably should, have scored with a header in the midst of a scrum of players.

But he was brought in to protect the back four.

And against Omonia, as he did even after that initial mistake in his first Premier League start, he has shown he takes his job very seriously.

His calculated caution is beginning to bring stability to the central core of Ten Hag’s side.

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Here’s a player who never goes into automatic, but who can go through the gears if he wants to.

And which, now that its period of adjustment is over, looks like an automatic election.

The Brazilian isn't afraid to show a strong tackle

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The Brazilian isn’t afraid to show a strong tacklePhoto credit: Reuters
He almost scored his first United goal but hit the bar

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He almost scored his first United goal but hit the barCredit: AP

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