Graeme Souness admits he was wrong to question what Manchester United paid for Casemiro
Liverpool icon Graeme Souness has admitted that he was wrong to question what Manchester United paid for Casemiro. The Red Devils signed the Brazilian from Real Madrid in the summer of 2022 for a deal worth around £70 million.
Initially, the former Scotland international felt the Old Trafford side had spent “too much money” due to the midfielder’s age. However, the 69-year-old has had a change of heart in light of the 30-year-old’s performances.
Writing in the Daily Mail (h/t Manchester Evening News), Souness reconsidered his initial thoughts about United’s expense on Casemiro. Now, the Liverpool icon feels the price tag was justified.
“I did question the fee they paid, £60 million rising to £70 m for a 30-year-old. Thinking about it now, I’m not sure the fee was so daft. He looks like someone who never has a bad game.”
The Brazil international has been one of the Red Devils’ best players in the recent campaign. At the start of the season, the 30-year-old had to bide his time to get into the starting lineup due to Scott McTominay’s form.
There was a point in the current campaign where the 26-year-old was the gaffer’s preferred option in the number six position. The Scotland international’s displays at the time did warrant his chances.
However, ever since Casemiro’s first start in the Premier League against Everton at Goodison Park, he has not looked back. The former Madrid star has now firmly established himself in the team.
The 30-year-old also became an instant fan favourite after scoring his first goal for United. In stoppage time against Chelsea in the league, the Brazilian secured a point for us with his header as the match ended 1-1.
Casemiro also deputised as a centre-back to good effect against Burnley in the Carabao Cup. The Brazilian has put in multiple Man of the Match performances this season.
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Therefore, Souness has been proven wrong by the midfielder. Nowadays, professional footballers can still be world-class late into their 30’s. There is no reason to think why the former Madrid star would not be able to do the same.