Manchester United Sign World Class Casemiro! What Can He Bring?


Within the last 72 hours, Real Madrid’s Casemiro has been linked to, and sold to, Manchester United. He is the latest player of Manchester United’s annual transfer scramble, and as deadline day peaked its head over the horizon, this deal needed to happen quickly. And it did.


Real Madrid, who were originally reluctant to sell the Brazilian, will receive around £51 million up front, with a further £8.5m in add-ons, which are thought to be heavily based on United's Champions League status next season.





He will sign a four year contract, with the option for a further year, in which he will undoubtedly be one of the highest earners in the squad.


The deal was confirmed earlier today by Carlo Ancelotti, who said, "Casemiro wants a new challenge and we understand his feeling, I do not think there is a way back.”


 

This high fee may be necessary to pry him away from Spain. On top of this, Casemiro’s physical nature and position as a number six should allow him to continue well into his thirties. Other midfielders have shown this, with Luka Modric having won the Ballon D’Or at this age.


Already having started the season with the double-pivot of Fred and Scott McTominay tells us just how much we need a player in this position. Casemiro seems to be a no-brainer.


Standing at 184cm, he is a defensive machine.


In the last year, Casemiro ranked in at least the 90th percentile in blocks, tackles, aerial duels won and clearances amongst positional peers in the Top 5 leagues according to fBref, meaning United could finally play with one holding midfielder rather than two, enabling Ten Hag’s preferred 4-3-3 formation over the 4-2-3-1.


His presence instantly takes pressure off his side and gives them more freedom, in terms of confidence and tactics. For example, Casemiro could drop between the two centre-backs in possession, giving the players around him a deeper option, whilst also allowing the two fullbacks to get further forward without hesitance- something vital to Erik Ten Hag.


Another positive impact of this is that the other two midfielders would have less defensive duties. This would improve the team drastically, allowing others such as Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen to do what they do best in attack. Speaking of Eriksen, he has been tested in a deeper role for the side against Brentford, where he struggled with a lack of options in what was a new position for him.


 

With 2.07 interceptions per game, Casemiro can prevent the risk of many counter-attacks. As well as stopping an immediate defensive threat, this reduces fatigue in the fullbacks and midfielders as they don’t have to track back as much. This allows sustained pressure both in the single attack, and also throughout the match as it saves energy for later on in the game, where any physical edge is vital.


On the ball, Casemiro ranks in the 89th percentile for passes attempted, with 65.65 a game. Combined with his 4.53 progressive passes a game, he would be a massive help in a team that lacks a connection between defence and attack.


That said, Casemiro is not a player used to implementing the high press that United are aiming for, and he may find it difficult to adapt to the Premier League’s pace, though it probably could not get much worse than the midfield now.



 

This is a deal that is unfortunately taking some pressure off the Glazers following intense pressure on their ownership, but one thing is sure- Casemiro will transform Manchester United’s midfield.






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