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United look to strengthen for derby, but Casemiro will miss out against Liverpool

By Charles Cornwall

United look to strengthen for derby, but Casemiro will miss out against Liverpool

They looked to reinforce at the last minute for the clásico and their new star player does not meet the requirements.

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Manchester United reached an agreement on Friday to sign midfielder Carlos Henrique Casimiro from Real Madrid, the two clubs announced, a deal that ends the Brazilian's successful spell in Spain. The clubs did not provide financial details, but Spanish media reported that the deal for the 30-year-old Brazilian was worth more than 60 million euros.

Madrid thanked Casemiro and called him a club legend. He had been with Madrid since 2013 and helped them win 18 titles, including five Champions Leagues and three Spanish La Liga titles. The club said it will pay tribute to Casemiro at an event at the team's training centre on Monday.

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Manchester United, who have lost their first two games of the Premier League season, had been searching the market for a central midfielder since the transfer window opened. The 30-year-old Brazilian is considered one of the best holding midfielders in the world and arrives ahead of Monday night's game against Liverpool.

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Casemiro will join his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo at United, although the Portuguese striker's future at the English club remains in doubt and he is already expected in England, but he will not be eligible to play on Monday against Liverpool, whether United have managed to complete the deal before Monday's 8pm game at Old Trafford or not, Erik ten Hag will not be able to include him against Liverpool.

United should have registered Casemiro in the Premier League by 12pm on Friday night to make him eligible for the next round of fixtures. That deadline has now passed, so the midfielder will not be able to play. That leaves Ten Hag with a big decision to make for a crucial position in his squad, having seen Christian Eriksen struggle in the depth role in last weekend's 4-0 defeat to Brentford.


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