Eriksen explains Ten Hag’s influence in Man Utd move, explains Denmark’s World Cup goal

Christian Eriksen revealed that Erik ten Hag’s style of football was an important factor in his desire to join Manchester United as he aims for the World Cup with Denmark.

Eriksen joined United this month on a three-year contract after impressing during a brief stint at Brentford when making his comeback from cardiac arrest at the European Championships in June last year.

Several sides have expressed interest in the midfielder – including his old club Tottenham – but Eriksen opted to work with new United boss Ten Hag with another former Ajax favourite.

United impressed last season as Ten Hag looked to introduce a more proactive style of play at Old Trafford and the playmaker is excited at the prospect of playing for the Dutchman’s revamped side.

Asked how influential Ten Hag was in his decision to join United, Eriksen told the club’s website: “Very. I want to come here to play football, I didn’t come just for the logo itself.

“Speaking to the manager, hearing his ideas and having conversations with him about football conditions was great for me when making the decision to join Manchester United.

“I think with the idea of ​​the coach coming in and the ideas that he had and also with my conversations with him, I could see myself playing football in Manchester.

“I think hopefully my style of play fits his vision and hopefully it’s something that connects in a good and positive way. So of course, this style of football, I think it suits me.

“At the same time, it’s a very, very big club – if not the biggest. He’s got a big story and it’s a nice feeling to be a part of something that’s so big in history.

“The only goal is to get as high as possible and see where it takes us. The goal is definitely to win something.”

Eriksen has scored one goal and added four assists in 11 Premier League games for Brentford. After making his debut with the Bees in March, he had 30 chances, a tally second only to Martin Odegaard (38) and Kevin De Bruyne (42) in the division.

Since Eriksen graduated from the Premier League for Tottenham in September 2013, only De Bruyne (85) has amassed more than his 66 assists in the competition – despite the Dane spending 18 months at Inter and another half-season break from the game.

After leaving Spurs for the Serie A giants in January 2020, Eriksen doubted he would return to the Premier League but remains grateful for Brentford’s role in his comeback.

He said: “I think because of my career I had no intention of returning to the UK before my incident at Euro. Sitting here was definitely something I wasn’t expecting.

“At the time I wanted to try something new and left Spurs after more than seven years. I went to Italy and it started hard but it ended up being a very, very good place.”

When asked about his time with Thomas Franks Bees, Eriksen added: “I am forever grateful for what they have done.

Eriksen also made an emotional return to international football in March, scoring with his first strike in Denmark’s defeat by the Netherlands.

As Kasper Hjulmand’s side prepare for a World Cup season in Qatar later this year, Eriksen says making a third appearance at the tournament remains a goal.

“Since I did my rehab last year, that’s been the goal. The dream, of course, was to be back and in shape, if I could, to go to the World Cup,” said Eriksen. “It’s something we all dream of playing at the World Cup. It’s something you keep with you forever.”

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