Eriksen set to join Ten Hag’s United

Christian Eriksen has agreed in principle to join Manchester United and reunite with manager Erik ten Hag. Eriksen turned down other offers and will be playing at Old Trafford next season.

The Denmark international, who spent the second half of last season at Brentford, will put pen to paper on a three year deal. Brentford did also make an offer for the midfielder, however United’s offer was far more lucrative. The appeal of working with Ten Hag for a second time was another factor, which swung Eriksen towards moving to Manchester.

The Dane worked with Ten Hag when he trained with Ajax as part of his return to football, following his cardiac rest during Euro 2020. Eriksen took him time before communicating his decision and this was for many reasons. For example, Eriksen and his family were settled in London.

However, the Red Devils understood that Eriksen’s choice wasn’t just about the football and therefore didn’t apply any pressure on the player. The Reds’ waiting game ultimately paid off.

Before joining up with the rest of the first team, Eriksen must also complete his medical. However, at this moment in time there are no fears over the deal collapsing. The 30-year-old will join a free and join up with his teammates in Bangkok.

What will Eriksen bring to United?

The attacking midfielder will bring additional creativity to Ten Hag’s midfield. He is a player, who will try ambitious passes at the right time, but also play the simple pass when necessary. The former Spurs player has a brilliant work ethic and has great composure on the ball.

Eriksen stole the show, when Brentford came to Old Trafford a few months ago. He was tidy in possession and was at the centre of everything that Brentford did. Furthermore, he created many key chances, which should have been put away.

At the moment, there is a lack of clarity on what role Eriksen will play. Some pundits believe he walks straight into the starting eleven, whereas others believe he will have an impact off the bench.

Either way, Eriksen will play a vital role next season, as the Reds will have the Europa League, which also offers game-time. The Premier League have also announced that there will be five substitutions will be available from next season. Consequently, it is vital that Ten Hag has a competitive bench ready to come on and impact the game.

Author: Rajan Sangha

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