Christian Eriksen was officially unveiled as a Manchester United player on Tuesday and spoke about how integral manager Erik ten Hag was to his decision.
Eriksen told the club website: “To speak with the manager and hear his ideas and have conversations with him on the football terms, was great and ideal for me to get the decision and the possibility of coming to Manchester United.”
The Dane’s move to United caps a remarkable turnaround in fortunes after questions last year whether he would ever play football ahead due to health concerns.
Following a short-term deal at Brentford following his Inter Milan release, Eriksen has now signed for the biggest club in his career to date.
‘You deserve this’
Christian Eriksen’s move to Manchester United on a free transfer is an impressive deal struck by the club, and a real opportunity for the player.
The midfielder posted a message on Instagram which read: “The new chapter has started,” in anticipation of his big move.
Eriksen received well wishes from former Manchester United goalkeeper and fellow Dane, Anders Lindegaard.
There was also a congratulatory message from former Ajax teammate Ryan Babel, who played alongside him during the 2012/13 season, as did fellow Danish star Lasse Schone.
After the life-threatening scare suffered by Eriksen at Euro 2020, nobody would disagree with Babel’s words.
The way he played last season for Brentford showed he still has magic in his boots, and plenty more left to offer. He arguably looked better than ever, and even more motivated to succeed.
His time at Manchester United may not be easy, and he deserves credit for taking on that challenge in full acknowledgement of the demands and challenges ahead.