Casemiro started his first Premier League game for Manchester United since his £70 million move to Manchester United in their 2-1 win over Everton.
The Brazilian international initial struggle in the early minute after he was disposed of the ball by Onana for Everton’s first goal.
The former Real Madrid midfielder regained his confidence back, dominating the midfield and assisting Cristiano Ronaldo as Manchester United’s winner.
Rio Ferdinand was impressed with Casemiro’s performance against Everton. The performance that so him named the Man of the Match by BT Sport after the game.
What did Rio Ferdinand say about Casemiro’s performance against Everton?
The Manchester United Icon told BT Sport: “Casemiro has the experience.
“He’s won multiple Champions Leagues, he understands football.
“Even though it’s a different stadium, a different environment, he will get used to it and adapt quickly because of his intelligence.
“You don’t play at that level [at Real Madrid] without having a level of intelligence. Yes he started poorly, he gave the ball away for the goal, but as the manager said he grew into the game.
“If you had a highlights reel on him today with the ball, you’d say he shouldn’t be playing maybe.
“But without the ball, the positions that he took up, the way he regained possession, [the way he] didn’t allow [opposition] players to play the ball forward into dangerous areas, that is what you need in your team if you are going to have any stability.
“I’m not concerned with him on the ball, he will give it to the players who can create.
“That’s been his game his whole career. He is there to plug gaps, plug spaces.
“For me, as a center-back, you need someone in front of you who knows how to marshal that space in front, to not give away opportunities easily.
“He’s the only midfield player in the Man United squad that knows how to defend instinctively and it’s part of his make-up, the best part of his game.”
Manchester United will face Omonia Nicosia on Thursday before hosting Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday.