Manchester United have been warned that Casemiro could fall into the same traps that made Bastian Schweinsteiger’s time at Old Trafford forgettable.
Casemiro is close to becoming Manchester United’s fourth signing of the summer after Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez. They have agreed terms with Real Madrid to take the midfielder on a permanent transfer.
Their pursuit has come as a result of a lack of progress with other targets, such as Frenkie de Jong and Adrien Rabiot. Midfield has been an area in need of revitalisation in Erik ten Hag’s team, to avoid an over-reliance on Scott McTominay and Fred.
Casemiro is a high-pedigree player who has won several honours with Real Madrid. In his cabinet are three La Liga medals, five from the Champions League and 10 other varieties.
However, at 30 years of age, it remains to be seen how he will adapt to a new challenge in the Premier League. After all, he has only ever played club football in Brazil, Spain and Portugal.
talkSPORT pundit, Tony Cascarino, has now warned Manchester United that Casemiro could mirror Schweinsteiger’s unsuccessful stint at Old Trafford.
The Germany international signed for Manchester United as a 30-year-old back in 2015. He brought with him extensive experience from a glittering career with Bayern Munich.
However, Schweinsteiger only lasted a season and a bit – featuring in less than half of the club’s Premier League games in his debut campaign – before packing his bags for an MLS move with Chicago Fire.
Casemiro will hope to tread a different path and enjoy more success with Manchester United. But former Chelsea striker Cascarino is concerned – despite his respect for Casemiro – that it could be a similar story.
Casemiro compared to Schweinsteiger
Cascarino told talkSPORT: “He’s won a hell of a lot in his career and he’s achieved a lot at Real Madrid. I’ve got this sneaky feeling that this could be one of them…
“He reminds me a bit like Schweinsteiger. When Schweinsteiger was at Bayern and he was a terrific player, he came to Man Utd and his legs weren’t quite the same.
“And maybe that’s a bit unfair on Casemiro. But he needed legs in the team for him to shine and he never really got going.
“I would think he’ll come to Man Utd, he’ll see what’s happening and quite quickly realise it’s a million miles away from Real Madrid. About the players, the quality of the play.
“And that’s sort of how I see Casemiro coming to United. I don’t think he’s a player that’s going to suddenly hit the ground running, make a huge amount of difference.
“The problem is, they’ve got a lot of players that don’t want to run. His job’s going to become even harder. You might see him getting bypassed; Schweinsteiger got bypassed a lot at Man Utd – and that team ran a lot more than this team does.”
Brazil star deserves benefit of doubt
A player of Casemiro’s pedigree probably deserves the benefit of the doubt before any judgements are made. He has won several honours across the best part of a decade with one of the biggest clubs in the world.
But his age could be a concern, in case he is past his prime. Still, last season was his joint-busiest with Real Madrid, so it may not be the case.
The move to Man Utd will bring its own challenges. But as a natural holding midfielder, he could also help free up the likes of McTominay and Fred.
In theory, Casemiro should bring more stability to a problematic position for Man Utd. But he may have his work cut out for him as Cascarino has acknowledged.