Christian Eriksen: Manchester United sign former Tottenham midfielder for three years | football news

Manchester United completed the signing of Christian Eriksen for three years after a rigorous medical examination.

The 30-year-old has strengthened Erik ten Hag’s midfield options at Old Trafford after opting not to stay at Brentford, where he enjoyed an impressive season on loan last season.

Danish international Eriksen will not be joining United’s pre-season tour of Australia due to the long flight involved from the UK.

The move sees Eriksen reunite with Ten Hag, who helped facilitate the midfielder’s return from cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 by inviting him to train with Ajax during his rehabilitation.

“Manchester United is a special club and I can’t wait to get started,” said Eriksen. “I’ve had the privilege of playing at Old Trafford many times, but doing it in a United red shirt will be an incredible feeling.

“I have seen Erik’s work at Ajax and I know the level of detail and preparation that he and his staff put into every day. It is clear that he is a fantastic manager. Talking to him and learning more about his vision and the way he wants the team to play, I am even more excited for the future.

“I still have big ambitions in the game, there’s a huge amount that I know I can achieve, and this is the perfect place to continue my journey.”

John Murtough, Manchester United’s director of football, added: “Christian has been one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe throughout his career. It’s no surprise he’s had so many options this summer, so we’re very happy he’s convinced. that this is the right club for him.

“In addition to his excellent technique, Christian will add valuable experience and leadership skills to the team, and we can’t wait to see the benefits of these qualities on the pitch next season and beyond.”

United were patient in their search for Eriksen and did not press the midfielder for a decision as they understood his choice would be based on more than just football.

Eriksen settled in London with his family in Brentford, but was drawn by the prospect of working with Ten Hag and being part of United’s new era with the Dutchman.

Eriksen brings United closer to what Ten Hag wants

Melissa Reddy, Senior Reporter for Sky Sports News:

“Eriksen and Man Utd had a verbal agreement, which was subject to a medical examination.

“He has had a very successful and very rigorous check-up, and now they have announced a three-year contract, so everyone is very happy because Ten Hag was very interested in strengthening his options in midfield.

“It seemed like that area has been creeping in, especially with the Frenkie de Jong chase, but this brings them closer to what Ten Hag wants, which is technically gifted players who can control a game with the ball.”

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It was no surprise that Eriksen had elite suitors after his successful mid-season spell at Brentford. The midfielder completely changed the fortunes of Thomas Frank’s side, who went from relegation contenders to mid-table safety within weeks of Eriksen’s first appearance.

United would have raved about the way Eriksen completely improved Ivan Toney’s game in west London last season.

The Brentford striker’s ratio of goals per game and expected goals doubled when Eriksen began starting for the Bees, while Toney’s number of shots per game and touches in the box improved during that period with the midfielder in the equipment.

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, who have been scoring goals for Erik Ten Hag’s side in pre-season, and possibly even Cristiano Ronaldo, could receive similar treatment from Eriksen at Old Trafford this season.

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Eriksen’s arrival will also relieve some of the pressure on Bruno Fernandes in the attacking midfield role, especially considering a rotation will be needed to mount a serious Europa League challenge.

At the end of the season, the Denmark international created more assists and chances than United’s two most creative midfielders, Fernandes and Fred, did last season, while the loss of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard meant something was needed. of creativity in midfield.

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Calendar Manchester United 2022/23

Erik ten Hag’s first Premier League game as Manchester United manager will be against Brighton at Old Trafford, live. sky sportson the opening Super Sunday of the 2022/23 season.

After taking on Graham Potter’s Seagulls on Sunday, August 7, live on sky Sports, United travel to Brentford in the second round of matches before hosting rivals Liverpool in a blockbuster early-season clash on 22 August, live on Sky Sports.

United’s trip to the Etihad Stadium for the first Manchester derby of the season on October 1 kicks off an overwhelming month in which Ten Hag’s side travel to Everton and Chelsea and host Tottenham, Newcastle and West Ham.

The last match before the season break for the winter World Cup will be against Fulham on the weekend of 12-13 November. United then return to action on Boxing Day at home to Nottingham Forest.

2023 will be opened by a home game against promoted Bournemouth. Premier League champions Manchester City are next at Old Trafford on January 14, traveling back to Anfield on March 4, while United conclude their season at home to Fulham on May 28.

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