Casemiro explains why he was ‘really surprised’ by Marcus Rashford
Casemiro has backed Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford to become one of the best players in the world after admitting he had no idea how good the England international actually is.
The two players linked up this summer as Casemiro swapped Real Madrid for United, where he has watched Rashford rediscover his best form to the tune of 11 goals and four assists in all competitions this season, on top of three goals at the World Cup.
Rashford’s latest strike came as United saw off Wolves 1-0 at the weekend – a game in which the forward actually started on the bench after he was late to the pre-game meeting – after which Casemiro confessed his expectations of his teammate have been blown out of the water.
“I’m gonna be very honest with you. I was really surprised with the player Rashford is,” he told ESPN Brazil. “In my opinion, especially knowing the player off the pitch, I can tell you that if he’s doing well, he can be one of the top five players in the world.
“He has an incredible way of hitting the ball, he’s got strength, he’s quick, is very clever playing. He was one of the players that really surprised me. Of course when you play in a different league you already know the player, but when you’re in the same club every day.
“What a spectacular player. I’m enjoying so much playing with him. He gives us a lot of energy. I’m delighted to play with him. And I’m sure if he stays like this, with the conditions he has, he can easily be a top five player because he’s exceptional.”
Rashford, who had no problem with being punished for his poor timekeeping, has been an integral part of United’s forward line this season.
He has played all across the forward line but, with Anthony Martial now fit enough to start centrally, Rashford has reverted to his favoured left-wing role and has responded with three goals in his last five outings.
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Arsenal pre-season 2023/24: Fixtures and schedule
Having reached new heights in the Premier League in 2022/23, Arsenal will soon be beginning their preparations for the new campaign with a pre-season tour to get ready for 2023/24.
Preparations for last season took place in Germany for Arsenal but with the Covid-19 pandemic a bit more of a distant memory for many, it is expected that more teams will be heading further afield again to either the United States of America or Asia.
Arsenal are yet to announce a full training camp location for their pre-season but they do have one fixture already confirmed which drops a big clue.
The Gunners are going to be coming up against an MLS All-Star team in Washington D.C. which will be coached by Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney. That takes place on July 19 and it is hard to imagine that Arsenal will only play one game in America.
A semi-regular fixture of Arsenal’s pre-seasons in recent years has been the Emirates Cup, but there has not been any word on whether an edition of that will be taking place or not this summer. If there is, then Arsenal could be splitting their time between America and London.
All times BST.
As is the case for almost every big club in football now, all of Arsenal’s pre-season friendlies are expected to be televised live on Arsenal.com and their official app with a subscription.
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