The Brazilian is now set to join the Red Devils on a staggering £70 million transfer, calling time on his splendid career at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Casemiro signed for Los Blancos in the 2012-13 season but struggled to establish himself in the first team and was sent on loan to Porto in 2014.
That helped him revive his career, as the midfielder found his best form in the Portuguese top flight. He returned to Madrid a year later and didn’t look back. The Brazilian went from being a fringe player to a vital cog in the Madrid juggernaut and played a key role in all their big titles over the last seven years.
Casemiro most recently won the UEFA Super Cup, his 18th with the Spanish giants before he completed a move to Old Trafford.
His transfer has triggered an avalanche of heartfelt tributes from his teammates, some of whom have shared the dressing room with the Brazilian for years.
Karim Benzema thanked Casemiro for everything he did for the club. Luka Modric shared a picture of him and Toni Kroos with their UEFA Champions League triumph last season, reminiscing about their wonderful journey together.
His compatriot Vinicius Junior said that every team needs someone like Casemiro. Federico Valverde poured his heart out in a lengthy message while acknowledging he’s going to miss Casemiro both on and off the field.
Here’s how the Real Madrid players have reacted to Casemiro’s departure:
Real Madrid star Casemiro will add plenty of experience to Manchester United’s midfield
Defensive midfielders don’t come much better than Casemiro, whose experience and big-game pedigree could be invaluable for Manchester United. They have been craving a player in this position for a while now. Back-to-back league defeats in the league have laid bare their shortcomings.
However, with the former Real Madrid man now joining the squad, new manager Erik ten Hag will have a solid option at the base of midfield. The Brazilian could be a panacea to some of their midfield woes.