Few days earlier, Casemiro, the five time UCL winning holding midfielder, said that he will continue with Real Madrid following the club’s Champions League final triumph over Liverpool in May 2022, but the Brazilian midfielder joined Manchester United in an unexpected transfer deal.
This abrupt change of heart by the Brazilian player broke the hearts of many Real Madrid fans, but provided a ray of hope to United fans who desperately lobbied their club to sign more experienced players before the deadline.
Why was the Casemiro work permit crucial for Manchester United?
Manchester United’s summer signing Casemiro has been granted a work permit finally which allowed him to make his debut against Southampton this weekend.
United won their first game of the season on Monday night, defeating Liverpool at Old Trafford, and will be looking for another three points when they travel to the South Coast on Saturday lunchtime.
Erik ten Hag’s side will be eager to build on the impressive foundations of their win over Liverpool when they face Southampton, and United could be given a boost by a possible debut for summer signing Casemiro.
On Monday night, the 30-year-old was revealed as a new Manchester United player on the Old Trafford pitch before their 2-1 triumph over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
United have finalized the acquisition of Brazilian international Casemiro for a fee of £60 million, which may rise to £70 million, with Casemiro signing a four-year contract with the option of an extra year at Old Trafford.
🚨 Casemiro has finally received his work permit and today he will train for the first time with the Manchester United squad.
He will be available to play against Southampton.
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) August 25, 2022
Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos told the Red Devils players that the Brazilian midfielder would put them through their paces because he expects his teammates to be in peak physical condition.
However, Rio Ferdinand feels that the Brazilian international’s older age, lack of resale value, mobility, and lack of Premier League experience will work against United.
The legendary defender also expressed, “Obviously the age, 30 years old. I wouldn’t say that’s a massive negative but I think if you’re talking from a business standpoint there’s gonna be zero resale value.”