‘Oh dear, Paul’ – Scholes slammed by fans for Casemiro praise after admitting he is ‘surprised’ by Man Utd new boy

    FANS slammed Paul Scholes after he admitted his “surprise” at Casemiro’s quality.

    Manchester United signed the 30-year-old Brazilian from Real Madrid this summer in a transfer worth up to £70million.

    Casemiro has shown flashes on his obvious brilliance since signing for Manchester United

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    Casemiro has shown flashes on his obvious brilliance since signing for Manchester UnitedCredit: Reuters
    Paul Scholes was taken aback by the quality of the Brazilian's passing

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    Paul Scholes was taken aback by the quality of the Brazilian’s passingCredit: Getty

    He has just one start for the Red Devils, the 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad.

    But Scholes is already impressed by what the midfielder can offer as he initially doubted the five-time Champions League winner and 63-cap international.

    Speaking ahead of United’s 2-0 Europa League win at FC Sheriff, in which Casemiro came on at half-time, Scholes said: “He’s surprised me a little bit with his forward passing, his range of passing.

    “I thought he was more of a winner, getting the ball in midfield [and] passing to Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

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    “I think he will, eventually, with the quality he’s got, work his way into the team.”

    But dozens of BT Sport viewers at home were shocked at the Old Trafford legend’s comments – suggesting his knowledge about football outside of England was rather limited.

    One said: “Again I love Scholesy but this just proves most English pundits don’t watch European football.”

    Another added: “Scholes thought that Casemiro was just a destroyer like Joey Barton.”

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    A third commented: “Tell me you don’t watch LaLiga without telling me you don’t watch LaLiga.”

    One replied: “How these pundits are allowed to get away with watching zero European football and not even know how a five-time Champions League winner plays is embarrassing.”

    And a final user simply wrote: “Oh dear, Paul.”

    Casemiro will be hopeful of breaking into Erik ten Hag’s starting XI for United next’s game, the derby against Manchester City on October 2 after the Leeds clash was postponed.

    He and his wife Anna have moved from the Lowry Hotel into a new home – and the Red Devils ace revealed he already feels settled in the north-west.

    Casemiro said: “I’m someone who likes to stay at home and relax with my family, I’m doing really well and am very happy to be here.

    “It’s great, really good, a really friendly club where I’ve been made to feel comfortable from the first day.

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    “I’m really happy with my team-mates, they’re always helping me.

    “The coaching team always explains things clearly to me, I’m doing really well and am very happy.”

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