Owen Hargreaves has identified a Sir Alex Ferguson tactic that Casemiro has assisted in bringing back to Manchester United.
Since his arrival in the summer, the midfielder has been lauded for his role in United’s success this season.
Furthermore, Hargreaves, who worked under Ferguson at Old Trafford from 2007 to 2011, has noticed a crucial aspect of Casemiro’s game that makes him so significant.
On BT Sport, the former England player explained: “Sir Alex always said: ‘When you win the ball back, play forward.’
“He [Casemiro] wins it and he passes forward, he gets it to Bruno [Fernandes] or he gets it to [Christian] Eriksen, who play in Marcus [Rashford] or any of the attacking players.”
Erik ten Hag’s style of play and United’s have relied heavily on Casemiro in both the attack and defense.
Amazingly, the Brazilian has only lost four of his 40 games since joining, whereas the Red Devils have lost four of their 11 games without Casemiro.
That is one reason why Hargreaves picked him as United’s player of the time, guaranteeing they are an alternate side without the 31-year-old.
He added: “My player of the year? Marcus made headlines, but the team is really different when Casemiro isn’t playing.
“It affects David de Gea, the four defenders and the midfield balance ground. It is the basic element.”