Since his arrival from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window, Brazilian international Casemiro has been electric for Manchester United. Given that the 30-year-old signed for £60million, rising to £70m, the Reds came under some criticism – from certain pundits – for the money they spent on the midfielder.
It was clear to most people that Casemiro – a five-time Champions League winner – would come in and improve United’s midfield. It was a position that the club had been looking to strengthen for a number of years, but the decision to recruit Casemiro would not have been possible if Frenkie de Jong had not been insistent on remaining with Barcelona.
Casemiro has been one of Erik ten Hag’s best performers this season, and even though it took a few games for the Brazilian to settle in Manchester, he has looked on point ever since he was paraded on the Old Trafford pitch ahead of United’s Premier League visit of Liverpool in August.
The midfielder has been an integral part of the Reds’ success so far this season. His defensive work has allowed Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes to thrive further up the pitch, but the 30-year-old linchpin has also chipped in with two goals and four assists – including a vital equaliser against Chelsea in October.
Prior to joining United, Casemiro had, for a long time, held the mantle as the best holding midfielder in the world. There are – and have previously been – a host of players who have excelled in that role, but the Brazil international was, and certainly still is, viewed as the prime example of how a player should operate in the skilled position.
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