Last season, Manchester United experienced one of their most humiliating moments when they suffered a 7-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. Unfortunately, it seems they’ve carried that form into this season, starting with one of their worst league performances in recent memory, and several players appear to be struggling.
One of those players on the decline this season is Casemiro, the £60 million man. In terms of defensive contributions, he seems like a shadow of his former self. Jamie Carragher, speaking on Covering Liverpool, made an intriguing observation about the midfielder.
Carragher noted that he noticed Casemiro’s decline last season at Anfield, and it reminded him of Fabinho’s struggles in a similar vein the previous year.
Carragher expressed his opinion on the £60 million midfielder, saying, “If I’m doing a piece on MNF, I think Casemiro’s legs have gone. I noticed it last season at Anfield, and I didn’t like what I saw. It took me back to watching Fabinho last year for Liverpool.
I think this, I want to be the first to say it. I don’t want to say it when everyone else is saying his legs have gone.”
As time passes, even in the world of football, Father Time remains undefeated. Sadly, it appears that age is finally catching up with Casemiro. After more than a decade of performing at the highest level, the Brazilian’s abilities are starting to wane, much like Fabinho’s did last season.
As Carragher pointed out, that game at Anfield may have marked the beginning of Casemiro’s decline this season. While there’s always a chance for a turnaround, once a player’s legs start to go, their days as a top-class footballer are numbered.