Speaking on the claims from Man United fans tagging Casemiro as the best defensive midfielder in the world, ex-Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor told Talksport: “Well, I’m still picking Rodri over him. I think Graeme Souness will like the lot of this, but we haven’t seen much of Casemiro.
“Was everyone watching La Liga? In the Champions League, he’s seen for Real Madrid but not everyone is watching La Liga week in, week out. So maybe Souness hasn’t seen a lot of him, but I’d agree that he is a good player playing in a great team with Modric, Kroos, Ronaldo, Bale.
“Whenever I watched him, he was the one absolutely fouling the life out of Neymar, Messi, Suarez – doing his job. I didn’t see that much of range of passing from him, that was mostly Modric and Kroos.
“At Manchester United, we’re getting a better view of what he does and he has the passing range in him which Graeme said he hasn’t. He has a decent strike on him as well and does the dirty work. He’s up there with one of the best in the league, but I love Rodri.”
Casemiro has provided some truly world-class perormancs for United in the last few months and help bring real change, enabling Erik ten Hag’s side to lose just 1 of their last 14 games.
The Brazilian midfielder is unlikely to pay attention to what pundits have to say to him and will look to quietly continue his good work for the Red Devils and help them win silverware this season.