In one of the surprise moves of the summer, Manchester United bought one of the best midfielders in world football from Real Madrid in Casemiro.
The Brazil midfielder arrived to Old Trafford after winning five Champions League titles, and forming a formidable midfield partnership with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
While it may have taken a few games to settle, Casemiro has been vital to Manchester United's success under Erik Ten Hag. The stability he has provided in midfield has been crucial to providing Manchester United's creative players have freedom further up the pitch.
If Casemiro continues his level of performances, than silverware and a return to Champions League football is surely on the cards.
Graeme Souness Casemiro Prediction
Despite everything he has achieved in the game, one pundit who wasn't convinced by the signing of Casemiro is Graeme Souness.
At the time Manchester United signed the 30-year-old, they had got off to a disastrous start in the Premier League, which included a 4-0 loss to Brentford.
It was clear that they needed some sort of stability and experience in a key area on the pitch. However, speaking on TalkSport in August, Graeme Souness didn't think Casemiro was the man for the role.
👎 “Casemiro’s played with great players but he’s never been a great player.”
💷 “He’s 30-years-old and at £60m or £70m it is too much money.”
🤷♂️ “I don’t see him making United any better when they have the ball.”
Graeme Souness believes #MUFC signing Casemiro is a mistake! 👀 pic.twitter.com/BZbDY9tGwa
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 22, 2022
There's a lot of work that the untrained eye doesn't see. Filling spaces, preventing passes into his two central defenders behind him.
He was playing with great players, he's not a great player. He's never been a great player. I see him as a steady Eddie who will help Manchester United be more solid in midfield.
I don't think he's got any great range in passing. I don't think he's going to make other people play. The Real Madrid team, midfield especially, is full of footballing types. He's 30-years-old, and at £70 million, that's too much money.
I don't see him making then any better when they have the ball."
While we may only be approaching the halfway point of the season, but it looks as through this is a prediction Graeme Souness has got badly wrong.