Steve McClaren praised Christian Eriksen and said he needed to be 'energised'

Manchester United’s contract offer to Christian Eriksen was reported on by The Athletic this week, with United hoping to sign the Dane as a free agent.

Eriksen, 31, is weighing up United’s offer and is expected to make a decision on his future shortly.

He impressed with Brentford against United at the end of last season, after signing a short-term contract with the Bees in January.

Eriksen would be a shrewd signing on a free transfer, and he is a player well known to Erik ten Hag and his coaching staff.

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Steve McClaren praised Christian Eriksen

Eurosport reported how Erik ten Hag got to see Eriksen’s recovery close hand when he allowed him to train with Ajax in January, prior to his deal with Brentford.

The Dane is also well known to Ten Hag’s assistant, Steve McClaren, who coached against him several times.

McClaren was asked to weigh in on Eriksen’s future in 2020 when the midfielder was coming to the end of his career at Tottenham, and urged him to leave the North London club, suggesting he needed a new challenge.

McLaren told Sky Sports: “He needs to be energised again. Wherever that is. I think he needs to go now. I think he needs to move.

“These number 10’s. They’re different. They’re special. And they want to be treated special. They want to be treated differently.”

Eriksen left to sign with Inter Milan a few weeks later, and played a part in helping Antonio Conte’s side win Serie A, even though he was not always a regular starter.

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His contract was later terminated after his heart scare at Euro 2020, with Eriksen taking a few months out of the game, and signing with Brentford.

He certainly looked ‘energised’ when he returned to the Premier League, playing in a slightly deeper role at times, and looked to be enjoying his football with a real enthusiasm, after his health scare.

Eriksen will pick a new challenge which motivates him, and the prospect of joining Manchester United may appeal to him. Let’s hope so, he could be a useful part of Erik ten Hag’s puzzle.

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