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Eriksen: We have to work hard to improve

Saturday 30 December 2023 20:26

Christian Eriksen could not hide his disappointment after Manchester United’s defeat at Nottingham Forest but insists hard work is the only way to improve.

The Reds ended 2023 in a frustrating manner after a 2-1 reverse at The City Ground on Saturday. All three goals came in the second half as Marcus Rashford answered Nicolas Dominguez’s opener, before Morgan Gibbs-White struck the decisive blow in the 82nd minute.

Eriksen went close to scoring on a couple of occasions in the second half but could not add to the goal he netted in our 3-2 victory over Forest at Old Trafford in August.

“We came here with the belief that we were going to get the three points,” Christian told MUTV.

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“I think in the biggest parts of the game we were in a good position to get the three points. Obviously the goals were tough, the moments we conceded, but yeah in the end zero points is not good enough.”

The Reds are not in action next until Monday 8 January, against Wigan Athletic in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

Eriksen insists the players must stick together, keep focused and learn the lessons from the setback in the East Midlands.

“We have to look forward, we have to work to get back,” our no.14 explained. “This season has been a lot of ups and downs so it’s nothing new for us which is, of course, hard to swallow. But we have to get back up and there’s no other way than to focus on the next game.”

“[We must] be together as a team. In our career, all football clubs, there will be ups and downs and you have to go through them. The best way forward is to work hard and really look ahead. I think that will be the same aim for us as players.

"We have to put this behind us, first of all of course see what has gone wrong, change a few things but in the end, we have to work hard and try to get through to the next one."