Christian Eriksen a 'special' signing for United who fits perfectly, says fellow Dane Anders Lindegaard
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has backed Christian Eriksen to be a success at Old Trafford.
Lindegaard believes his fellow Dane has the right focus and mentality to thrive at United, he told BBC Sport.
The Athletic reported Eriksen has agreed to sign with United, and is set to sign a three-year deal.
Eriksen is a free agent after a short-term deal with Brentford expired on June 30.
Christian Eriksen a ‘special’ signing
Speaking to BBC Sport, Lindegaard says Eriksen’s character will be just as important to Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United as his ability.
He said: “Christian has got a special kind of mentality; a mentality that will suit United very much. He’s not in football for the fame, the money, the luxury lifestyle or showing off. Christian is in football for the love of the game – in a way that I don’t know anyone else is.
“For that reason mainly, he fits very well at United which, looking from the outside, has turned into a club with a lot of diva mentality, a lot of players who have a lot of followers on social media – and you get the sense that becoming a part of Manchester United is part of getting more attention and personal branding.
“Christian comes in as a completely different character. He couldn’t care less about followers on social media. He couldn’t care less about fancy cars or expensive watches. All he cares about is playing football, enjoying football and making it into the beautiful game we all want it to be.”
Eriksen’s Manchester United move comes just one year after his heart stopped during an international game at Euro 2020.
His body was then fitted with a heart restarting device known as an ICD, but this is not permitted in Italy so his contract with Inter Milan was terminated by mutual consent.
Eriksen signed a short-term deal with Brentford and was huge acclaim for his performances, attracting interest from Manchester United. On a free transfer, this is one of the best deals of the summer, and Lindegaard’s comments offer further hope his remarkable comeback story will have another successful chapter.