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FA Cup final: Manchester City Boss Guardiola hails Manchester United player for proving doubters wrong

Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has described Casemiro as a “special player” ahead of the FA Cup final against Manchester United.

Manchester Online News:
Manchester United midfielder Casemiro.

The Manchester United player’s choice to switch from Real Madrid to Old Trafford in an initial £60 million deal last summer was questioned, but Pep Guardiola believes he has disproven those critics.

Casemiro is now a dependable member of Erik ten Hag’s team, and this has convinced the Manchester City manager of his abilities.

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“I don’t know him but I had info when he was in Madrid; how professional he was, the quality he has,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

“I was convinced he wasn’t coming here just for his holidays or the last years of his career.

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“When you’ve won four or five Champions Leagues with Real Madrid it’s because you are special player. Otherwise you cannot be there for a long time.”

In addition, Pep Guardiola singled out Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag for praise ahead of the match on Saturday at Wembley, stating that he understands how challenging it can be to adjust to English football from the manager’s viewpoint.

”I identify a manager by how they are improving, just to see when he arrives and now,” he said.

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“To see the team getting better and better, that is not easy in the first season. I identify a really good manager, a part of that is a guy who represents our profession in the best way possible on the pitch and off the pitch.

“I cannot say we are friends, we are not in touch much. We had a short experience in [Bayern] Munich but I think honestly United have an exceptional manager for many years.”

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