Eriksen Explains Ten Hag Influence In Manchester United Move, States Denmark World Cup Aim. Christian Eriksen has praised Erik ten Hag’s philosophy and will team up with another former Ajax favorite at Manchester United.
Christian Eriksen said that Erik ten Hag‘s style of play played a significant role in his decision to join Manchester United as he prepares to represent Denmark at the World Cup.
Eriksen signed a three-year contract with United this month after impressing during a brief stint there while making his comeback from a cardiac collapse he suffered at the European Championship in June of last year.
Many teams, including his former club Tottenham, expressed interest in the midfielder, but Eriksen chose to team up with new United manager Ten Hag, another former Ajax favorite.
Eriksen Explains Ten Hag Influence In Manchester United Move, States Denmark World Cup Aim. The playmaker is excited about the prospect of playing for the Dutchman’s revamped squad after United made an impression during the preseason as Ten Hag attempts to install a more proactive style of play at Old Trafford.
When asked how important Ten Hag was in helping him choose United, Eriksen responded, “Very. I want to come here to play football, I didn’t come just for the logo itself.
“It was amazing for me to get the decision of the manager to speak with him, hear his views, and have dialogues with him on football terms.
“I believe that with the manager’s potential arrival, his ideas, and our chats, as well as my own, I could see myself playing football in Manchester.
“I believe that my brand of comedy ideally meshes with his concepts, and it’s something that will hopefully connect in a good and positive way. Naturally, I believe that this style of football suits me.
It’s also a very, very large club, if not the largest. It is a great feeling to be a part of something with such a significant historical background.
“The goal is undoubtedly to win something, but the only goal is to get as high as possible and see where it takes us.”
After making his Bees debut in March, Eriksen made 11 Premier League appearances for Brentford, with one goal and four assists. He also generated 30 opportunities, which is the third-highest total in the league behind Martin Odegaard (38) and Kevin De Bruyne (42).
Only De Bruyne (85) has accrued more assists in the Premier League since Eriksen made his debut for Tottenham in September 2013 despite the Dane spent 18 months at Inter and another half-season away from the game.
Eriksen had his doubts about returning to the Premier League after leaving Spurs for the Serie A giants in January 2020, but he is still appreciative of Brentford for helping him make it.
Before the incident at the Euros, he claimed that his career didn’t suggest he should return to the UK. I most definitely did not anticipate coming to sit here.
“At the time, I wanted to try something new, so after more than seven years, I left Spurs. Italy was where I went, and while it wasn’t easy at first, it turned out to be an incredibly good destination.
Eriksen said, when asked about his experience with Thomas Frank’s Bees, “I’m forever grateful for what they did. Since they wanted me back and could provide me a stage to act on, they demonstrated their concern for me right away.
Eriksen also made a difficult comeback to international play in March, scoring on his debut in Denmark’s loss.
Eriksen thinks that playing in the World Cup for a third time is still a goal as Kasper Hjulmand’s team gears up for a World Cup campaign in Qatar later this year.
“That was the goal ever since I had my recovery last year. Naturally, my goal was to return and, if possible, be fit enough to compete in the World Cup, said Eriksen. “I believe that participating in the World Cup is something that we all dream about. It’s something you always carry with you.