Manchester United midfielder Fred has revealed how he spoke with Casemiro long before his transfer to the club – and how the recent arrival has been changing things for the better there ever since.
Fred and Casemiro were already teammates at international level with Brazil, but have now become colleagues at Manchester United as well. The Red Devils signed Casemiro from Real Madrid to strengthen their midfield in the summer.
The transfer was designed to bring more stability at the base of that particular department. So far, Casemiro has been settling in and looks like he is doing a good job of justifying Manchester United’s faith.
Of course, expectations should be high after all that he achieved with Real Madrid. The squad he has joined might not be as strong as what he has been used to, but he can help restore the kind of qualities that are associated with a club of Manchester United’s pedigree.
According to Fred, Casemiro has already had an impact on and off the pitch among his new surroundings.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk star told TNT Sports: “Everyone knows he is one of the best players there, who has won a lot at Real Madrid in recent years. So he’s a very experienced guy.
“On the pitch he’s a great player and off the pitch he has a huge amount of experience. So he’s a guy who adds a lot, both on and off the pitch. He adds a lot in the locker room. And it’s a pleasure to be able to play alongside him, these great players here at United.”
Manchester United’s addition of Casemiro came after they missed out on another La Liga star, Frenkie de Jong.
Erik ten Hag spent large portions of the summer chasing a deal for the Barcelona midfielder, whom he had worked with before during their Ajax days.
Fred reveals how he tempted Casemiro to Man Utd
However, the interest in the move was not mutual. Therefore, Manchester United had to look elsewhere. As such, they turned to Casemiro late in the transfer window, bringing him in on August 22.
That said, there may have been something going on regarding this case for longer than the outside world realised.
Indeed, Fred has revealed he knew long before the announcement that Casemiro would be becoming a Manchester United player. And he may have had an influence in making that happen.
Asked if Casemiro’s move surprised him, Fred revealed: “Man, at first, yes. I found out well before they announced it. A few months before, we had already talked, me and him.
“We had a nice chat. He had asked how it was. I explained everything to him, what was happening at the club, that it was not one of the best moments, but which, as I said, would be a fresh start with the arrival of a new coach.
“And he liked the project, thought it would be a cool project and decided to join us. And as I said, we are on a good path. We are winning some games, we have already beaten some of the big six clubs as well.
“So, as I said, it’s a process and at first we are on the right path.”
Fred has featured in 11 Premier League matches for Manchester United so far this season. Meanwhile, Casemiro has nine top-flight appearances to his name since his move.
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