Man Utd insiders have Casemiro and De Jong theory behind the scenes

Casemiro the 'happiest man alive' after completing Manchester United move

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Some people connected to Manchester United think Casemiro is actually a better signing than Frenkie de Jong, according to reports. The Brazil international joined the club from Real Madrid in a huge £60million deal back in the summer transfer window. However, he’s endured a slow start to life at Old Trafford in the time since – making just a single start.

Manchester United spent most of the transfer window pursuing De Jong, emboldened with the 25-year-old’s positive relationship with Erik ten Hag – with the duo previously working together at Ajax.

Yet when it became apparent a deal for the Netherlands international would be difficult to broker, they switched focus to Casemiro instead.

The Brazil international has endured a slow start to life at United, making just one start so far.

However, according to The Athletic, some at the club believe the Samba star actually represents a better signing than De Jong.

After the Barcelona star made it clear he’d rather stay at the Nou Camp, the Red Devils ‘dipped into the pool of midfielders proposed by agents’.

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United toyed with the idea of landing Adrien Rabiot, even entering talks with Juventus over the France international.

However, focus then turned to Casemiro – with the fallen Premier League giants previously made aware he’d be available this summer.

Ten Hag endorsed a deal for the serial winner, who won five Champions League titles during his glittering spell at Real Madrid.

And United decided to strike an agreement with both Madrid and Casemiro himself in the aftermath of their chastening 4-0 defeat to Brentford.

It’s claimed that several people think United should have kept hold of James Garner, who was allowed to join Everton late in the transfer window.

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However, after ‘several’ coaching sessions, Ten Hag deemed the young midfielder surplus to requirements.

Ten Hag reportedly thought Garner wouldn’t be able to break into the United first-team, which is why he was allowed to move to Goodison Park.

The publication also says United agreed personal terms with Cody Gakpo, of PSV Eindhoven.

Yet the Red Devils cooled interest in the Netherlands forward when they snapped up Antony, who arrived from Ajax for a huge £84.5m.

Speaking to club media, meanwhile, Casemiro has revealed he’s enjoying his time at United so far – despite his limited game time.

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“It’s great, really good, a really friendly club where I feel comfortable,” he said.

“I’ve been made to feel comfortable here from the first day. I’m really happy with my team-mates, they’re always helping me.

“The coaching team always explaining things clearly to me, I’m doing really well and am very happy.”

And Casemiro also hailed Antony, who scored on his debut as United beat Arsenal 2-1 on September 4.

“I think it’s really important to have such a quality player here [as Antony] with us,” explained the former Real Madrid star.

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“I knew him from the national team already.

“He’d played with us in Brazil, it’s always important to have players of Antony’s level. Not just him, we have a lot of top-quality players.

“On the city, people tell me a lot about it, like where the best restaurants are.

“I’m someone who likes to stay at home and relax with my family, I’m doing really well and am very happy to be here.”

Casemiro will be hoping to start when United lock horns with Sheriff FC in the Europa League on Thursday (5.45pm).

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