Roy Keane has warned Casemiro he will find a ‘bad dressing room’ at Manchester United after completing his moe from Real Madrid.
The Brazilian midfielder, who enjoyed a magical five years at the Bernabeu where he won five Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles, was unveiled as Man United’s fourth signing this summer ahead of their Premier League clash with Liverpool.
Sky Sports pundit Keane, who had a quick chat with Casemiro pitchside on Monday night, said: “I think he’s a good signing, they’ve paid a lot of money and he’s 30 with a five-year contract.
“If you’re a player and Manchester United come for you, you know you’re going to get a good deal.
“It’s a start but they need more, they need help. The problem is that for all the players who come into Man United now, no matter how good they are, they come into the wrong dressing room, they come into in a bad group of players.
“These players don’t want to run, they don’t seem like a good group and that’s a problem for any new player, no matter how good they are.”
United, who suffered severe losses to Brighton and Brentford at the start of the new season, have struggled to compete for trophies in recent seasons, leading many to suggest Casemiro’s decision was motivated by money .
But the 30-year-old, who moved for £30million, signing a deal until 2026 with the option of a further year, said during his farewell ceremony at Real Madrid on Monday that he was excited about the challenge ahead.
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“Those who think I’m leaving for money, it’s because they don’t know me,” Casemiro said, as reported by Marca.
“I think there are a few (people) and they don’t know me. It’s not for the money. They are wrong. This is not the case.
“At the end of the Champions League final (where Real Madrid beat Liverpool), I felt like my cycle was over.
“I’m honest. After the holidays, clear-headed, the feeling was the same. It wasn’t that fast. I spoke with the club already as soon as the Champions League ended.
“People don’t forget the club I go to, the greatest team in the world that can match the greatness of Real Madrid, even though that’s not the case now.”
Coach Erik ten Hag has prioritized improving his side’s midfield, with the signing of a starting midfielder in the mold of Casemiro – subject to UK visa requirements – which many believe , was needed for several seasons.
Speaking after being warmly welcomed by home fans on Monday night, Casemiro added: “The opportunity to start a new challenge at Manchester United and in the Premier League is hugely exciting.
“I have worked with many great managers in my career and, having met Erik and heard his ideas, I look forward to working closely with him, his team and my new teammates in the years to come.
“I am ending a great journey in Madrid while starting another in Manchester, always determined to win football games, win trophies and make our fans proud by bringing success to this great club.
“Everyone knows the history of Manchester United, the importance of the club in the world and what it means for its supporters. Representing United is an honor and I am ready to give everything to help the team achieve our ambitions. .
Casemiro will like what he’s seen so far with Man United en route to victory over Liverpool with goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford putting the Red Devils 2-0 up.
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