Christian Eriksen has ‘no intention’ of bidding farewell to Manchester United in 2024 despite his reduced role at the Premier League this term.
Sigh. If only he’d arrived at Manchester United a few years earlier.
Christian Eriksen remains, with the possible exception of Bruno Fernandes, the most technically-gifted, creative member of the United midfield. The problem is, with his 32nd birthday rapidly approaching, the former Tottenham and Inter Milan ace lacks the legs to compete physically with younger, faster opposition players these days, given the runaround by Manchester City in Sunday’s punishing derby defeat.
That, meanwhile, was only Eriksen’s fifth start in all competitions in 2023/24. Opportunities may become even more scarce should Mason Mount start to repay that £55 million investment, and should both Kobbie Mainoo and Hannibal Mejbri build on their undoubted promise.
Not that there are any immediate concerns over Eriksen’s future, however, reporter Rudy Galetti telling Tribal Football that the experienced Dane remains determined to stay and fight for his spot.
“Christian Eriksen, despite some rumours, has no intention of leaving the club,” Galetti explains.
Eriksen’s role in the 1-0 triumph over Copenhagen last midweek is, perhaps, one we can expect to see the playmaker fulfil with increasing regularly under Erik ten Hag. Brought off the bench to add more control and guile against tiring opposition, Eriksen set up Harry Maguire’s late winner with a sumptuous cross from the right-hand side.
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That was his 12th assist since joining the Red Devils on a free transfer in 2022.
‘I want to play’
“Ask the manager why I’m starting on the bench. That’s out of my hands,” Eriksen told TNT Sports after a result which kept Manchester United’s hopes of securing knockout stage Champions League football alive.
“Obviously, I want to play as much as possible. Obviously, the manager is looking the other way. But at the moment if you win like this, it’s worth it.”