Christian Eriksen's impressive numbers show what an asset he would be for Manchester United
Manchester United have been linked with a move for Christian Eriksen since April, with The Mail reporting interest from the Red Devils in the Dane.
An exclusive in The Mirror at the weekend then also reported United’s interest to sign Eriksen. While they were evidently playing catch-up, talk of a move for the veteran is gathering pace.
Eriksen, 31, is a free agent at the end of the month after signing a short-term deal with Brentford in January.
He demonstrated in his performance for Brentford at Old Trafford in late April how much quality he still possesses, and a deeper look at his numbers across the season shows what he would bring to Manchester United’s team.
Christian Eriksen’s impressive numbers
Eriksen made 11 appearances for Brentford after joining in January. He provided four assists, numbers bettered by only four Manchester United players in 2021/22 – Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Fred, and Luke Shaw, and one of those players is leaving.
Eriksen created 32 chances in the Premier League games he played, which would place him third in the Manchester United squad for the season.
This included more key passes than Pogba (24) despite playing 17 fewer games. Fernandes, Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw were the only players to exceed Eriksen’s 32.
The Dane completed 18 passes from open play into the penalty area, numbers bettered by only four United players, Fernandes, Pogba, Sancho and Dalot.
Eriksen’s total of 65 progressive passes would rank him 10th in the United squad across the whole season, despite only playing 11 matches, ahead of the likes of Marcus Rashford, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles.
His tally of 3.6 expected assists (which he outperformed with four), was above every Manchester United players’ Premier League season totals, except for Fernandes (8.4) and Jadon Sancho (4.2).
Eriksen could be a big asset
Christian Eriksen’s impressive numbers highlight what a big asset he could be for Manchester United, and what a boost his creativity could be for the team.
Eriksen showed at Brentford he could play in a deep lying role as well as a forward one, and his passing range could benefit a team which only scored 58 goals in 38 Premier League matches.
On a free transfer Eriksen is extremely good value, a player who could be a tremendous asset for a couple of seasons.
A former Ajax player in his early years, Eriksen is the type of footballer who manager Erik ten Hag would appreciate, and be able to get the maximum out of. This is a transfer well worth considering.