One of Manchester United’s most crucial players is undoubtedly Casemiro.
Since the Brazilian has had difficulty finding his form in the middle of the park, it is not surprising that United has had difficulties in the midfield this year.
The midfielder recovered his form in the World Cup Qualifier match against Bolivia, so the international break may have arrived just in time for him.
In the Selecao’s 5-1 triumph over Bolivia, he was back to his metronomic best, controlling the game from his deep midfield position.
The United player was at the center of every play that Brazil made with an astounding 111 touches of the ball. (SofaScore provided the statistics.)
He kept the play moving and was a big part of why Brazil finished the game with a fantastic figure of 80% possession, with a 92% passing accuracy from 104 passes.
Brazil outplayed Bolivia, passing through their defensive lines repeatedly while running rings around them.
Although passing accuracy is frequently a deceptive statistic because backward passes don’t benefit the team, Casemiro’s performance was very accurate.
He completed 96 passes, 39 of which were in the opponent’s half as Brazil continued to pressure Bolivia.
He completed the entire 90 minutes to regain his legs’ much-needed match fitness.
The Brazilian began the previous season similarly; he was chilly at first, but as he accrued minutes, the rust wore off and he returned to his ruthless best.
Fans will be hoping this is the beginning of his strong form as Brazil’s next match is against Peru on September 13 before he returns to United.