Despite initially being met with a mixed reaction, Casemiro has become an instant fan favourite at Manchester United. The Brazilian’s impact has been “devastating” according to Gary Neville, who admits that the £170m investment in the 31-year-old was not a “smart or shrewd signing”.
Neville believes that United’s transfer policy will change away from expensive, high-profile players and instead focus on younger, hungrier players with more potential for growth. However, he fully accepts that the transfer has been a huge success for his former club.
Casemiro scored the opener in the Carabao Cup final against Newcastle as United claimed their first trophy since 2017. He has appeared in 17 of United’s 24 league games, adding plenty of bite and power to the midfield, despite missing a handful due to suspension. The midfielder has contributed two goals and three assists and fans have raved about his winning mentality.
Overall, Casemiro’s arrival at Manchester United has been a huge success. Despite Neville’s initial reservations about the transfer, the Brazilian has made an immediate impact and become a fan favourite. His performances have been crucial in helping United to their first piece of silverware since 2017 and it looks like he will be a key part of their team for years to come.