Casemiro, missing chip in Manchester United’s midfield

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

The recent development about Manchester United agreeing to a £59.9m deal that will potentially rise to £70m for Real Madrid defensive midfielder has sent shockwaves into the spines of their fans who never saw it move coming.

With a deal agreed and personal terms already on the table, the Brazil international is about 48 hours away from completing a move to Old Trafford that would bring an end to a 9-year spell at Santiago Bernabeu.

To several persons, it is like a dream because the Red Devils’ prime target in the summer window was Barcelona Frenkie de Jong but the refusal of the Dutch player to concede to the move and the failure of Fred and Scott McTominay to prove their worth in the holding midfield for United, spurred Glazer family to swoop in for Casemiro.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has always favoured a move for De Jong, who he had earlier worked with at Johan Cruijff ArenA but once it was feasible to snap Casemiro, a better player than Fred and McTominay, the Glazer family without hesitation, seized the opportunity.

Comparatively, statistics have shown that Casemiro is a better player in the defensive midfield position than Fred and McTominay.

According to WhoScored, the Brazilian recorded 4.5 tackles per game in 90 minutes since the new season began compared to Fred who has recorded 0.5 tackles per game and McTominay’s 1.3 tackles per game.

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Last season, the 30-year-old who would soon become the fourth most highly paid player in Premier League after Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah and Erling Haaland, completed 2.8 tackles per game, while Fred and McTominay registered 2.7 and 2.4 tackles per game.

Furthermore, Casemiro in the area of passes outshines the midfield duo with his 68.7 record per game while Fred recorded 59.9 and McTominay’s 46.2.

Holistically, WhoScored rated the Brazilian 7.23 with McTominay at 6.87 and Fred at 6.81.

However, McTominay, in the area of clearances, has achieved more success on average than Casemiro (2.3 vs 2.1), while Fred surpasses the Brazilian on the number of interceptions (1.5 vs 1.3).

Irrefutably, the 5 times Champions League winner, in the overall statistics, is dominantly above the Red Devils’ pair and the missing chip in United’s defensive midfield, who would galvanise, as the pivotal point, coach Ten Hag’s success this season.

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