Christian Eriksen has now admitted to having held discussions with previous Manchester United managers when he was at Tottenham Hotspur.
Eriksen joined Man United recently after leaving Brentford on a free transfer this summer on a three-year contract having decided to reject an offer to continue his career at the London outfit Sky Sports).
The Danish international had previously been linked with a switch to Theatre of Dreams when he was still a Tottenham player (Manchester Evening News) and Eriksen has suggested that those links back then could hold some truth to them after all.
The 30-year-old has revealed that he has had conversations with more than one United boss in the past by confirming that Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were the ones he had talked with after being quizzed about the matter.
Speaking in an interview after the 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, Eriksen told 90min: “Even at Spurs, I spoke to every manager who’s been here at Man Utd to see what the situation was. But I was at Spurs at the time and I really couldn’t see myself playing in another English team at that time.”
“For me, it wasn’t the (right) timing, it wasn’t there and I was at a place at Spurs for a long time and I wanted to try something abroad and I went to Inter and ended up having a lovely time. But then obviously something happened in the summer and that changed the career path I had in mind a bit.”
“Obviously, I was at Brentford last season, it was a bit new for me but it went well, I had a lovely time but going to Manchester after, the fanbase and the club, it’s the biggest.”
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The former Inter Milan midfielder seems to have always been on the Red Devils’ radar, looking at this latest admission. Now, they have finally got hold of their long-term transfer target, who could significantly help with the rebuilding process they are trying to facilitate at Carrington.
Eriksen’s arrival came with a lot of optimism within the fanbase as he addressed the lack of technical quality in their midfield to an extent. At the same time, there are concerns about where he would fit, considering how Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek are options for the attacking midfield role.
Eriksen is quite different to Fernandes and van de Beek as he is more of a creative playmaker, unlike a final ball player in the case of the Portuguese international. Van de Beek, meanwhile, is someone who made for himself at Ajax for making late runs into the box and offering a goal threat while also being a link-up player in the final third.
Hence, Erik ten Hag would now have different types of options in the number ten role to choose from. That could be helpful for the boss to make appropriate changes as the in-match situations call for.
At the same time, perhaps ten Hag could use Eriksen to cope with a scenario where his side fails to get Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, who is his primary target (The Sun). After all, the veteran ace could also put in a shift in the double pivot role and could be a useful option alongside a defensively-minded player as his partner.