Comparing Casemiro’s stats to Man United’s current midfielders

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Casemiro during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Getafe CF played at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on April 9, 2022.

After struggling to sign Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, Manchester United have now switched their attention to Real Madrid’s Casemiro. But does the transfer make sense?

Casemiro, who joined Madrid from Sao Paulo in 2013, has won three La Liga titles, five Champions Leagues, a Copa del Rey, three UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups.

The Brazil international has also managed to establish himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.

“If he’s not the best, he’s definitely among the best,” Sergio Busquets sad in March after being asked about Casemiro. “You just have to watch his games, his career or the work he does on the field.

“It happens to midfielders like us, we’re not flashy and people don’t pay attention to us because at the end of the day they just take a look at goals, assists and dribbles.

“Our work is not flashy but it’s important, we have to control the game. I admire Casemiro, I like all quality players and Real Madrid have many of them.”

According to reports, United are set to pay Madrid an initial £50.7million for Casemiro and the deal also includes £8.5million in add-ons. 

The 30-year-old has agreed to sign a four-year contract at Old Trafford, but how does he compare to the options currently at Erik ten Hag’s disposal?

We’ve compared Casemiro’s 2021-22 La Liga stats to the corresponding Premier League stats of United’s current central midfield options.

Note: we’ve only included Donny van de Beek’s stats from his loan spell at Everton as he didn’t start a single Premier League game for United in 2021-22.

Goals
Bruno Fernandes – 10
Fred – 4
Christian Eriksen – 1
Scott McTominay – 1
Donny van de Beek – 1
Casemiro – 1

Assists
Bruno Fernandes – 6
Fred – 4
Christian Eriksen – 4
Casemiro – 3
Scott McTominay – 1
Donny van de Beek – 0

Minutes per goal
Bruno Fernandes – 312
Donny van de Beek – 484
Fred – 509
Christian Eriksen – 938
Scott McTominay – 2393
Casemiro – 2576

Minutes per goal or assist
Christian Eriksen – 187.6
Bruno Fernandes – 195
Fred – 254.5
Donny van de Beek – 484
Casemiro – 644
Scott McTominay – 1196.5

Chances created per 90 minutes
Christian Eriksen – 2.9
Bruno Fernandes – 2.6
Fred – 1.2
Scott McTominay – 0.9
Casemiro – 0.9
Donny van de Beek – 0.4

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Scott McTominay – 1.4 (77.8%)
Fred – 0.9 (56.3%)
Christian Eriksen – 0.8 (50%)
Casemiro – 0.7 (70%)
Bruno Fernandes – 0.7 (63.6%)
Donny van de Beek – 0.6 (35.2%)

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Shots per 90 minutes (inside the penalty area)
Bruno Fernandes – 2.6 (1.1)
Christian Eriksen – 2.1 (0.5)
Casemiro – 1.5 (0.5)
Scott McTominay – 1.0 (0.4)
Donny van de Beek – 0.9 (0.2)
Fred – 0.6 (0.2)

Passes completed per 90 (passing accuracy)
Casemiro – 68.5 (86%)
Fred – 59.4 (84.1%)
Bruno Fernandes – 54.8 (78.3%)
Christian Eriksen – 52.2 (80.9%)
Scott McTominay – 46.4 (85.6%)
Donny van de Beek – 45 (84.7%)

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Casemiro – 2.8 (68.2%)
Donny van de Beek – 2.8 (68.2%)
Fred – 2.8 (52.8%)
Scott McTominay – 2.4 (66.7%)
Bruno Fernandes – 1.6 (47.1%)
Christian Eriksen – 1.2 (57%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Fred – 1.4
Casemiro – 1.3
Scott McTominay – 1.2
Donny van de Beek – 1.1
Christian Eriksen – 0.9
Bruno Fernandes – 0.5


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