Incoming United signing Christian Eriksen was compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Manchester United are preparing to complete the signing of Christian Eriksen. The Guardian report he has agreed to sign a three-year deal, pending a medical.
The Dane could be Manchester United’s most significant free agent signing since Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who the club signed in 2016.
One player who has starred alongside both is Brentford’s Pontus Jansson, an international teammate of Zlatan at international level.
Speaking earlier this year, Jansson talked about the presence Eriksen has on the pitch, in addition to his quality on the ball, comparing him with Zlatan.
Eriksen was compared to Zlatan
Jansson told The Mail: “From the day he came in, it was with an aura – not of a superstar, but of somebody who has been playing for the best teams in the world.
“I have played with players like him before, like Zlatan in the international team. They have something. You see that when they have the ball at their feet.”
Jansson talked up Eriksen’s awareness, and the immediate lift he gave the team. United would hope to profit from the same boost.
A move is not quite expected to be wrapped up in time for Eriksen to join United’s pre-season flight to Thailand. He could meet them on the second leg of the pre-season tour in Australia, the Guardian report.
Eriksen could face Jansson and former side Brentford in United’s second game of the Premier League season, when the two sides face off in West London on August 13.
The attacking midfielder will give United a valuable option in midfield. He showed at Brentford he could also play in a deeper role, and new boss Erik ten Hag will have a plan for him.
If he can enjoy the success Zlatan did at Old Trafford in his first season, in which the Swede won two trophies, then Eriksen will turn out to be a great addition.