‘Man United star is not a great player. I stand by that, he has never been a great player’ – Graeme Souness claims

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Graeme Souness has maintained his belief that Casemiro is ‘not a great player’ despite the midfielder’s impressive start at Manchester United.

Discussing United’s move for Casemiro last August, Souness said: “He was playing with great players. He’s not a great player. He has never been a great player.

“I see him as a steady Eddie who will make United be more solid in midfield. I don’t think he has got a great range of passing.

“I don’t think he is going help other people play. The Real Madrid team, the midfield especially, was full of footballing players.

“He is 30 years old and its £70m. Too much money. It is Manchester United all over again. Manchester United will pay a premium because it is United and the Premier League and people know its awash with money.

“But I don’t see him making them any better when they have the ball.”

Giving his verdict on Casemiro after his impressive start for Manchester United, Souness still maintained the Brazilian midfielder isn’t a great player.

“Casemiro will make a big difference to them. But I don’t see him as a great player,” Souness told talkSPORT.

“You [talkSPORT colleagues Jim White and Simon Jordan] are accusing me of calling him a steady Eddie, I stand by that.

“He is a good steady Eddie. He will hold the fort, that’s what a steady Eddie is. He’s a good player, not a great player.

“A steady Eddie is a 7.5 out of ten every week. In my language it means he’s a seven, 7.5 every week, he is a real team player.”