Man Utd legend backs Casemiro for success as £60million move draws closer

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Erik ten Hag is closing on a big deal for the Real Madrid stalwart.

Manchester United legend Mark Hughes has given his backing to Casemiro ahead of his imminent signing at Old Trafford.

The Brazil international has been spotted at Old Trafford on Monday as he completes the formalities of a reported £60million move to the Red Devils after giving an emotional farewell at the Bernabeu.

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The 30-year-old will become Erik ten Hag’s fourth summer signings after the former Ajax manager added Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez to his squad over the last six weeks.

Casemiro will be in the stands on Monday night as his new side take on old rivals Liverpool and should officially complete his move to United over the next 24 hours.

Former Red Devils striker Hughes believes the Brazil midfielder will have no problems coping with the ‘demands and expectations’ placed upon him at Old Trafford after spending a trophy-laden nine-year spell in Madrid.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s a huge platform for a professional footballer to play on.

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“Manchester United, Old Trafford, working week in, week out, in front of those fans is fantastic, but there will be demands and expectations on the players. Some players find it really, really difficult.

“Casemiro will come in and it won’t phase him in any way shape or form.  He’s used to expectation so he will enjoy the experience.

“I can see the thinking behind that, it’s not going to be a transition for him, he will go straight in there and I am almost certain he will be a success.”

Casemiro did not complete his move to United in time to feature against Liverpool but could be in contention to make his debut in Saturday visit to Southampton.

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