Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen reviews the season so far

Tuesday 15 November 2022 11:59

Christian Eriksen notched his first Manchester United goal in Sunday's win at Fulham and can be well pleased with his body of work since the season began in August.

The shrewd Bosman signing has performed well since joining the club, as all of the summer recruits have contributed before the break to accommodate the winter World Cup.

Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia, Casemiro and Antony have all had an impact too, while back-up keeper Martin Dubravka enjoyed his debut during the Carabao Cup victory over Aston Villa last week.

Eriksen feels it is no coincidence that the new boys have been able to impress as he looked back on the first part of his United career.

Eriksen: I'm here to play football Video

Eriksen: I'm here to play football

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When asked if the positive adaptation to life at the club was a sign of the support provided by the staff, he replied: “One hundred per cent. I think that the whole set-up from the club and also the group of players, managers, everyone is really taking good care of all of us who has come in.

“Everyone has come in and everyone was coming in at different times, so we really had time to develop a good relationship and then a new player was coming in to get another new relationship. No, it’s been good, you can feel the vibe is good. The players are getting to see each other on the pitch and off it.

“I think, in general, I’ve been very happy to be here. I’ve felt very welcome since the beginning and still feel like that and, again, I’m here to play football. I’ve done a lot of that so I like that.”

The Denmark international, now preparing to represent his country at the World Cup finals in Qatar, feels he knew what to expect at United from looking at the club from the outside. He also explained what has impressed him most about the manager, Erik ten Hag, as the Reds sit in fifth place going in to the lengthy pause.

"I think I followed Manchester United for many years," he said. "I think everyone has, so you know what’s going on from the outside. There haven’t been any big surprises, not one big one, not yet.

“What has impressed me most [about the manager and his coaching team]? Yeah, I think what impressed me most has been the thought of always being on the front foot, always choosing the offensive way into a game, never backing off, and always going full all-out attack and we take it from there.”

When it comes to stand-out memories from the campaign to date, Eriksen found it hard to see beyond two excellent victories that got Old Trafford rocking. However, the midfielder was too modest to comment on his own best displays, so we are asking you to select his finest individual performance via our poll below.

“Oof, luckily there have been a few," was his answer, when it came to the most impressive team performance. "I think the home games against Liverpool and Arsenal to really get the season properly going from the first two games, when we didn’t do so well. I think one of those would be the best performances from this season.

“Of course, when you play big opponents, the stadium gets a bit louder every time we can score. I think we felt that and we needed that push from the beginning we had. I think those two games but, in general, it’s been really good with the fans.” 

Which of these is Christian Eriksen's best performance in a United shirt?poll

Which of these is Christian Eriksen's best performance in a United shirt?

Eriksen refused to be drawn on his top display, but there are plenty to choose from. The skilful playmaker may only have one Man-of-the-Match award to his name, in the win at Sheriff Tiraspol, but has been remarkably consistent.

Indeed, his work in September earned him our Player-of-the-Month trophy, ahead of fellow nominees Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

“I think you can choose that," he replied, on the subject of his best performance. "You guys can choose that. I try to do my best and try to win games and, in the end, see where it goes.”