INEOS can seal Man Utd masterclass by signing ‘extraordinary’ Casemiro upgrade for free- opinion

It is impossible to characterize Erik ten Hag’s second season as Manchester United’s manager other than disappointment, following a debut year that held out so much hope for the future.

They are now sixth in the Premier League after being eliminated early from the League Cup and Champions League. Although they advanced to the FA Cup final, they will once again face the unbeatable Manchester City.

Even while the Dutchman must own some of the blame, this year’s deluge of injuries and numerous players who appear to have forgotten the basics of football haven’t helped him.

Journalist Isaac Seelochan has described Casemiro as having “dropped off a cliff” this year, following a stellar debut season at the club the previous year. Casemiro has been one of the worst offenders. The good news for supporters is that, according to sources, the team may have plans to replace him come summertime.

Man Utd searching for Casemiro successor 

Manchester United is reportedly interested in acquiring Adrien Rabiot, a French international and top player for Juventus, this summer to bolster their midfield. These rumors come from Spain.

The good news for INEOS and Sir Jim Ratcliffe is that, as the 29-year-old’s contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign, they may be able to sign him for nothing. This would free up funds for them to invest in other areas as they try to revitalize the team.

Though there wouldn’t be a fee, the Red Devils might have to pay a competitive salary package; however, if they can offload Casemiro’s wages in the process, it might turn out to be a great business decision. A recent report from CaughtOffside also claimed that Barcelona and Bayern Munich are keen on signing the experienced star.

How Rabiot compares to Casemiro 

Currently, the main objection that some may have to the notion of Rabiot replacing Casemiro—even if it’s only a temporary fix—is that the Frenchman has played central midfield most of his career, while the Brazilian has primarily played defensive midfield.

This is ostensibly accurate, but the Juventus star has actually started 76 games as a number six in his career, so there’s no reason to think that a player of his caliber and experience couldn’t adjust to fill that position for a United team that is going through a transition under Ten Hag.

Moreover, when comparing the pair’s underlying numbers, while coming out ahead in some metrics, the former Real Madrid star comes out second best in most, including a few defensive ones. For example, he only produces more progressive passes, tackles and blocks per 90.

Rabiot vs Casemiro
Stats per 90 Rabiot Casemiro
Non-Penalty Expected Goals + Assists 0.26 0.23
Progressive Carries 2.25 0.56
Progressive Passes 3.97 5.44
Progressive Passes Received 3.71 1.94
Shots on Target 0.49 0.39
Passing Accuracy 82.3% 81.4%
Shot-Creating Actions 2.21 1.83
Goal-Creating Actions 0.19 0.17
Tackles 1.95 3.56
Tackles won % 64.1% 64.0%
Blocks 0.86 3.61
Interceptions 0.94 0.83
Successful Take-Ons 0.94 0.44
Aerial Duels Won 1.80 2.00
All Stats via FBref for the 23/24 Season

But in addition to significantly fewer progressive carries, successful take-ons, interceptions, shots on target, and a lower non-penalty expected goal and assist figure, the Brazilian also makes far fewer shots and goal-creating actions and, most surprisingly, wins a slightly lower percentage of his tackles made, all per ninety.

Although the 29-year-old “extraordinary” Juve ace, as described by French legend David Trezeguet, isn’t going to be United’s long-term solution, it would probably be a good idea to bring him in as a “cheap” replacement for the Brazilian, at least for a few seasons, considering how much better his overall statistics are and the fact that “Casemiro’s legs have gone,” according to Jamie Carragher.

 

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