Roy Keane and Gary Neville claim that Man Utd are showing desperation in the signing of Casemiro from Real Madrid.
The deal to sign the Brazilian is set to cost the club £160m over the five-year duration of his contract at Old Trafford after Man Utd announced they had come to an agreement with Real Madrid last week.
Casemiro is at Old Trafford tonight to see Erik ten Hag’s side in the flesh versus arch-rivals Liverpool and is expected to be available for their next match against Southampton at the weekend.
Frenkie de Jong appeared to be Ten Hag’s top transfer target this summer but complications saw Man Utd attempt to sign Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot before that deal also collapsed.
And both Keane and Neville, speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show, claims the expensive deal for Casemiro shows a level of desperation but think he could be a good signing in the short term.
When asked if Man Utd are getting there in terms of their transfer business, Keane replied: “Well I think he’s a good signing for them, they’ve paid a lot money, he’s 30 years of age. What is it? A five-year contract he’s on?
“If you’re a player out there and Man United come looking for you, you know you are going to get a great deal. But, yeah, it’s a start but they need some more, they need more help.
“The problem is for any player coming to Man United now, as good as they, they are coming into a to a bad dressing room, coming to a bad group of players. Because we’ve mentioned it before, the last year or two, these players don’t want to run, they don’t seem like a good group.
“So that’s a problem for any new player, however good they are.”
When asked what message Man Utd are sending by signing a 30-year-old on such a long and lucrative contract, Keane added: “They’re desperate, they’re desperate. But I think he is a quality player.
“You could look at the bigger picture and go ‘it’s obviously a lot money, again a long contract, a bit like [Christian] Eriksen getting a three-year deal’ but when you’re desperate you’ve got to pay over the odds, I suppose.
Neville was asked if he agreed, to which he responded: “Yeah, that’s why sometimes now I don’t get as excited as I should as a United fan about the signings that come in because I know they aren’t actually part of the strategy at the start of the summer.
“Every other club is really precise, you don’t see them bouncing around like a pin ball in the transfer market, from one player to another. It’s De Jong, Rabiot and it ends up being Casemiro, on a phenomenal contract that is going to cost the club £160m.
“And I have to say I think he’ll do well for the club for a couple of years, Casemiro, but someone in two years’ time is going to pick up a player who is beyond his best years on £20million a year that they can’t shift.
“That might be Erik ten Hag, it might be a new manager, it might be new owners, so there is a large element of desperation with the signing. A five-year contract for a 30-year-old should not happen.”