Christian Eriksen is back to his old strength at Manchester United, earning praise from legends such as Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville. But more important is his contribution to preventing a false start and starting a winning streak.
Christian Eriksen is back!
At Manchester United, the Dane is back to his old strength under coach Erik ten Hag.
At the same time, the fine technician is helping to bring the Red Devils back to their old strength. “He makes the whole team look better,” NBC pundit Robbie Mustoe praised him after the 3-1 win over previously unbeaten league leaders Arsenal FC.
Against the Gunners, Eriksen shone with his first goal when, on the counter-attack, he fed the better-positioned Marcus Rashford, who only had to slot home his brace. In the end, it was the Englishman whose statistics earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.
Eriksen himself deserved it, however, as he was also involved in the creation of Antony’s debut goal for the 1:0 lead.
United legend Gary Neville also noted this, naming Eriksen as his Man of the Match afterwards rather than opting for the obvious Rashford.
Duo of Fernandes and Eriksen is a ‘game-changer’
“Eriksen makes the difference in midfield, especially with his ability to make forward passes,” also recognised ex-Premier League professional Mustoe, who covered the game as a pundit and went into raptures at the duo of Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes: “His combination play with Bruno…. The two of them being on the same wavelength is a game-changer.”
“People talk about Antony’s transfer for 100 million and his goal instead of the quality of Eriksen, who came in on a free transfer,” complained commentator Robbie Earle, who described the Eriksen/Fernandes duo as something “completely new that makes United better”.
Ferdinand backs down after initial criticism
United icon Rio Ferdinand originally approached the signing of Eriksen with a fair amount of scepticism.
“I want to give special praise to my Man of the Match, Christian Eriksen,” Ferdinand rowed back at the portal vibe after the Arsenal game.
He had been one of the biggest critics of the Eriksen deal, apologised Ferdinand, who is now certain “that Eriksen’s signing was at ten Hag’s express wish”.
Eriksen’s road back after cardiac arrest at Euro 2021
“At the moment you can’t argue about the decision. Against Arsenal, he sometimes took out five opponents with his passes,” meanwhile, even the former critic, who made a total of 455 appearances for Manchester United, raved about the Dane, who went through a lot last year.
Eriksen was resuscitated after suffering a cardiac arrest at the 2021 European Championship, but was subsequently forced to leave his then club Inter Milan as he was not allowed to play in Serie A with a defibrillator inserted.
After a six-month rebuilding phase at then Premier League promoted FC Brentford, he turned down an extension there as well as a return to Tottenham Hotspur and signed a three-year deal with the Red Devils that is expected to pay him €50 million, including hand money, according to the portal Football Insider.
“Eriksen, I take my hat off to you”.
“At the beginning I was sceptical. I thought to myself: what is he going to bring us? Is he supposed to be a regular?”, Ferdinand wondered after the signing, but is now convinced: “He’s been in the starting eleven so far and he’s performing…. Eriksen, I take my hat off to you.”
In his current form, Eriksen is an integral part of ten Hag’s starting line-up after just six games.
The 30-year-old completed 533 out of a possible 540 minutes on the pitch and turned things around with the Red Devils after a disastrous start to the season, leading his team to a fourth straight win against the Gunners.
Christian Eriksen has returned to his old strength.