Manchester United have completed the signing of Christian Eriksen on a three-year contract following a rigorous medical examination.
The 30-year-old has bolstered Erik ten Hag’s midfield options at Old Trafford after opting out of Brentford, where he enjoyed an impressive loan spell last season.
Denmark international Eriksen will not take part in United’s pre-season tour of Australia due to the long flight from the UK.
The move sees Eriksen reunited with Ten Hag, who helped ease the midfielder’s return from the cardiac arrest he suffered at Euro 2020 by inviting him to train with Ajax during his rehabilitation.
United have been patient in their pursuit of Eriksen and put no pressure on the midfielder to make a decision as they understood his choice would be based on more than football.
Eriksen was settled in London with his family at Brentford, but was lured by the prospect of working under Ten Hag and being part of United’s new era under the Dutchman.
‘Eriksen brings United closer to what Ten Hag wants’
Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy:
“Eriksen and Man Utd had a verbal agreement, which was medically reviewed.
“He had a very successful and very rigorous check-up, and now they have announced a three-year contract, which everyone is really happy about because Ten Hag was very keen to strengthen his midfield options.
“It felt like that area was dragging, especially with Frenkie de Jong chasing, but it brings them closer to what Ten Hag wants, which is technically gifted players who can control a game with the ball.”
Man Utd seduced by the Eriksen effect
Sky Sports’ Sam Blitz:
It was no surprise that Eriksen had elite-level suitors after his successful half-season stint at Brentford. The midfielder completely changed the fortunes of Thomas Frank’s side, which went from relegation candidates to mid-table safety within weeks of Eriksen’s first involvement.
United were reportedly thrilled with the way Eriksen completely improved Ivan Toney’s game in west London last season.
The Brentford striker’s goals per game and expected goal ratios doubled when Eriksen started games for the Bees, while Toney’s shots per game and touches in the box improved over the course of the season. of this period with the midfielder in the team.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford – who both scored goals for Erik Ten Hag’s side in pre-season – and perhaps even Cristiano Ronaldo may receive similar treatment from Eriksen at Old Trafford this term.
Eriksen’s arrival will also relieve some of the pressure on Bruno Fernandes in the attacking midfield role, especially as the 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 in Fernandes and Fred last season, while the loss of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard required some creativity in midfield.
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Man Utd schedule: Ten Hag debut v Brighton on Sky
Erik ten Hag’s first Premier League game as Manchester United manager will be against Brighton at Old Trafford, live on sky sportsduring 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 fixtures before hosting rivals Liverpool in a blockbuster early-season clash on August 22, live on Sky Sports.
United’s trip to the Etihad Stadium for the first Manchester derby of the season on October 1 kicks off a daunting month that sees Ten Hag’s side travel to Everton and Chelsea and host Tottenham, Newcastle and West Ham.
The last game 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 with a home game against promoted Bournemouth. Premier League champions Manchester City are next at Old Trafford on January 14, the return trip to Anfield on March 4, while United conclude their season at home to Fulham on May 28.