Roberto Carlos has named Manchester United’s Fred and Casemiro as the Brazilian players he would have liked to play with.
Fred and Casemiro have both been selected to represent Brazil during the international break. Casemiro started in both of Brazil’s games against Ghana and Tunisia, while Fred got his only start alongside his club mate against the latter opponent.
Brazil have won both of those matches and are among the favorites to win the Qatar 2022 World Cup, a tournament Fred and Casemiro are expected to feature in, although they haven’t played regularly under Erik ten Hag this season.
Casemiro was expected to step straight into the starting line-up after signing with Real Madrid in the summer, but Ten Hag has discussed an adjustment period for the midfielder and his arrival appears to have brought out the best in Scott McTominay.
Although Casemiro has yet to start a Premier League game – which is set to change this month – and Fred has only received two league starts, the legendary Carlos paid United midfielders the ultimate compliment .
When asked which Brazilian players he would have liked to play with, Carlos told Football Daily: “Casemiro [and] Fred. They are players who have good [pitch] cover and because I’m very offensive. These are players who would cover me well.
Gilberto Silva seemed to agree with Carlos and added: “They could run for me and help me together.”
United face Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday and Ten Hag are expected to choose the same midfielder who played against FC Sheriff in the Europa League, which included McTominay, Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes in the starting line-up.
Ten Hag will be asked to give United’s squad update for the match at his press conference on Friday.