Antony praises 'guard dog' Casemiro for boosting Man United's defence

‘He’s our guard dog’: Antony heaps praise on £70m man Casemiro and claims Manchester United are prospering from his ‘no-nonsense’ and ‘serious’ approach in defensive midfield

  • Casemiro is Manchester United’s ‘guard dog’ in midfield according to Antony
  • The ex-Real Madrid star has helped his side carve out a five match unbeaten run
  • Antony insisted Casemiro is a ‘serious’, ‘no-nonsense’ type in defensive midfield
  • Casemiro scored United’s 94th minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea 

Antony has heaped praise on Casemiro and described the defensive midfielder as Manchester United’s ‘guard dog’.

The former Real Madrid star, who like Antony joined Erik ten Hag’s side in August, was brought into the team after the 6-3 mauling against Manchester City and has since started the last five matches for the Red Devils.

Since his introduction, Manchester United have gone on a five game unbeaten run and chalked up three clean sheets against Tottenham, Omonoia and Newcastle.

Antony (right) has described team-mate Casemiro (centre) as Manchester United’s ‘guard dog’

The Brazilian admitted his compatriot was a ‘serious’, ‘no-nonsense’ type in the dressing room

Casemiro also netted the crucial 94th minute equaliser during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Antony insisted his Brazilian compatriot has both improved the Red Devils defensively and handed their attacking players more freedom to get forward.

Although Casemiro passionately screamed at the fans after scoring his last-gasp leveller against Chelsea, the winger hinted the celebration was out of character for the midfielder. 

‘Casemiro is a more serious type,’ Antony said during an interview via the club website.

The midfielder passionately screamed at the fans after scoring his late leveller against Chelsea

‘I always say he is our guard dog in the middle. He is a no-nonsense guy, a more serious type. I think he will leave these goal celebrations to us attacking players.’

Following Sheriff’s trip to Old Trafford in midweek, sixth-placed Manchester United head to West Ham on Sunday with a game in hand over Spurs and Newcastle in third and fourth respectively.

A victory could see Ten Hag’s side climb to within four points of league leaders Arsenal, should the Gunners slip up against Nottingham Forest as Liverpool did last weekend.

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