Christian Eriksen has become Manchester United’s second signing of the summer after the midfielder joined the club on a free transfer following his impressive six-month stint at Brentford.
Eriksen has extraordinarily recovered from that cardiac arrest he suffered just over a year ago to become one of the most wanted players in the Premier League, with United beating their rivals to his signing.
The 30-year-old has signed a three-year contract at Old Trafford and has now finally given his first interview since making the highly anticipated move.
“Manchester United is a special club, and I cannot wait to get started. I have had the privilege of playing at Old Trafford many times but to do it in the red shirt of United will be an amazing feeling,” Eriksen said on the official Manchester United website.
“I have seen Erik’s work at Ajax and know the level of detail and preparation that he and his staff put into every day. It is clear that he is a fantastic coach.
“Having spoken with him and learned more about his vision and the way he wants the team to play, I am even more excited for the future. I still have major ambitions in the game, there is a huge amount that I know I can achieve, and this is the perfect place to continue my journey.”
It’s hard to find any negative to Eriksen’s arrival. Erik ten Hag clearly wanted him and the midfielder will add competition to an area where United are light.
In recent years, under Antonio Conte specifically, Eriksen has been conditioned to play in a deeper midfield role. It’s fair to assume that could be one of the reasons Ten Hag was so keen on reuniting with him after Eriksen had trained with Ajax in January this year.
He is expected to be followed by at least one more midfielder in this summer’s window, with Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong continuing to be heavily linked with a move.