Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has claimed that Manchester United’s latest signing, Casemiro, has never been a great player in his career.
During an appearance on talkSPORT, Graeme Souness made some interesting remarks about Casemiro and the kind of impact he will have at Manchester United. The Liverpool icon has suggested that the Brazilian midfielder was “lucky” to be at Real Madrid and has “never been a great player”.
Casemiro spent nearly a decade at Real Madrid and was a part of some of their greatest-ever teams. The Brazilian international provided the foundation of the success they achieved during his stint at the Santiago Bernabeu by forging a formidable midfield partnership with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
During his illustrious stint with Real Madrid, the 30-year-old has made over 300 appearances and regularly chipped in with crucial goals and assists. But Casemiro’s stint with Real Madrid has ended as he has joined Manchester United in a blockbuster deal this week.
Manchester United unveiled Casemiro to a rapturous Old Trafford ahead of their game against arch-rival Liverpool on Monday night, a match they won after a brilliant team effort. And Casemiro should bolster Manchester United’s midfield unit considerably following his arrival. But Graeme Souness begged to differ while speaking to talkSPORT.
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The Liverpool icon legend said, “He was playing with great players. He’s not a great player. He has never been a great player. I see him as a steady Eddie who will help Manchester United be more solid in midfield. I don’t think he has got a great range of passing. I don’t think he is going help other people play.”
“I think he was lucky to be in that Real Madrid team. I never look forward to watching Casemiro. Benzema, definitely. The other midfield players, definitely. I never thought, ‘I’m really excited to watch Casemiro play today’.”
“He is 30 years old and it’s £70m. Too much money. It is Manchester United all over again. Manchester United will pay a premium because it is Manchester United and the Premier League and people know it’s awash with money. But I don’t see him making them any better when they have the ball.”
Souness’s comments appear bizarre at best, considering Casemiro was a pivotal figure for Real Madrid during their many trophy-winning campaigns. While he might not be the most eye-catching player, he gets the job done efficiently and should be a solid signing for Manchester United, contrary to the Liverpool icon’s claims.