'A complete understanding of the defensive midfielder role'... Rio Ferdinand raved about Casemiro

Casemiro is closing in on a move to Manchester United, The Telegraph report. The Red Devils are ‘confident’ of a deal with a fee near to £60 million.

The Brazil international reportedly is ready to take on a new challenge, which he will certainly get at Manchester United.

Casemiro has won everything there is to win at Real Madrid, including the Champions League five times.

The 30-year-old is a defensive midfielder, a position United need to address, and is a true master of his craft.

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Rio Ferdinand on Casemiro

Rio Ferdinand raved about Casemiro’s qualities after the Brazilian’s performance for Real Madrid at Anfield in 2021.

Casemiro helped Real close out a 0-0 draw in the Champions League quarter-finals, knocking Liverpool out, after a 3-1 win at the Bernabeu in the first leg.

Former United star Ferdinand told BT Sport: “Excellent footballer. He does all the graft, all the hard yards, all of the ugly stuff, but with a bit of quality as well.

“I’ve seen him live a good few times… today, even his passing was top draw. In tight situations, finding the spare man, but knowing where to be.

“The most tackles, most regains of the ball today on the pitch out of any player. A complete understanding of the defensive midfielder role in a football team.

“I really love the way he plays football. Disciplined, doesn’t go too far away from the area of danger in front of the back four.

“When he needs to come out of there, he picks his times and I think he’s a player that when you play in a team with a player like that, you absolutely adore having him in your team and you know when they’re not there.”

Manchester United have lacked a player like Casemiro for far too long. He has positional discipline and the right defensive attributes, and he’s tough. United need a player with the right attitude to play the spoiler role.

Ferdinand said that players will enjoy playing alongside him, and that will be especially true of Manchester United’s stars.

Casemiro has the quality to make Manchester United’s players better, by making their jobs easier. United need to get this deal over the line.

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