Rio Ferdinand has warned Manchester United new signing Casemiro that he will have to adjust to life on the bench while Erik ten Hag’s rejuvenated side are in the middle of a winning streak.
After a shambolic start to the new season, United grabbed four wins out of four on Sunday after outsmarting Arsenal at Old Trafford when two counter-attacking goals from Marcus Rashford sealed a 3-1 win.
The much-mocked Scott McTominay put on one of his best performances in a United shirt on Sunday and the Scotland international is currently keeping new Real Madrid signing out of the team.
Casemiro is likely to make his full Europa League debut against Real Sociedad on Thursday but Ferdinand fears the £60million new signing will have to wait a little longer to force his way into Ten Hag’s Premier League starting XI.
He told Five: “Everyone is wondering why Casemiro isn’t playing but this team is winning and I know it’s difficult as a player to change a winning team, especially when they’ve been looking for some consistency for a long time.
“If they continue to win it will be difficult for Casemiro to get into this team at the moment no matter how good he is and I think he is the best midfielder in the world right now.
“The manager cares more about the culture and the team than individuals.”
Meanwhile, Tyrell Malacia, also signed in the summer, has hailed comparisons to Manchester United legend Patrice Evra after his glittering start to life at Old Trafford.
Malacia has started at left-back in United’s run of four straight wins against Liverpool, Southampton, Leicester City and Arsenal, keeping Shaw out of the team in a redesigned backline alongside Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez.
The Netherlands international made perhaps his strongest showing in last month’s 2-1 win over Liverpool, helping keep Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold quiet.
Ferdinand praised the full-back after the performance, telling FIVE: “He reminds me of Patrice Evra in a lot of ways,” Ferdinand said after United beat Liverpool. “He’s athletic, he looks like a pound for pound boy.
In response to Ferdinand’s comments, Malacia has now told United’s website: ‘It’s my first time hearing it because I don’t watch the media.
“It’s the first time for me to hear that, but it’s a huge compliment. I’m honored to get that compliment from him, yes.”
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