Part of the key to ensuring players are successful is ensuring they are happy. So it is good to see that Manchester United may have made an inspired call with Casemiro’s squad number.

Manchester United announced that Casemiro has been given the number 18 shirt.

He takes the shirt from Bruno Fernandes, who has switch to 8, while the number was really made made by Paul Scholes.

This is especially poignant after Casemiro’s comments on Scholes upon being announced as a Manchester United player.

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United have done Casemiro a real honour

Manchester United have done Casemiro a real honour with the decision to give him the number 18 shirt. That’s certainly how he will see it.

The Brazilian explained to the club website how he was in awe of the Manchester United midfielder growing up.

He said: “In terms of idols in this position my idol growing up was always Zidane, [but] here at Manchester United it was always Paul Scholes.

““He’s a player that was small but he got stuck in, he was a fighter, he gave everything on the pitch. His passing over 50 to 70 metres was incredible. Manchester United have always [had] good players in that position.

“[Michael] Carrick was also a great player so I think that Manchester United have always had good players in that position and in midfield.

“The little guy [Scholes] was very good and what I loved about him when he played was that he was small but he went in hard and fair.”

United spent £60 million on Casemiro and hope the midfielder will be able to make an instant impact in a position which has been crying out for a player like him.

Casemiro has the quality, he’s proven that, so it’s now up to Manchester United to ensure he has the right conditions to succeed.

Giving him a shirt number which makes him feel special, is all part of making him feel welcome. It could turn out to be a masterstroke.

  • CASEMIRO: Factfile
  • Real Madrid signed Casemiro from Sao Paulo for £5 million in 2013, after an initial loan to their B side.
  • He has gone onto form one of football’s best midfield trios with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
  • Casemiro has won a staggering five Champions League trophies and three La Liga titles.
  • He is an international teammate of Fred for Brazil; the pair have 11 clean sheets from 15 starts together.
  • Casemiro has more than 330 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring 31 goals.
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