Eriksen targeting a strong finish

Saturday 20 April 2024 10:00

Christian Eriksen played his part in Manchester United's memorable Emirates FA Cup quarter-final win over Liverpool and is determined the Reds capitalise on that sweet success.

The Denmark international came off the bench to stamp his influence on proceedings, creating the chance at the end of normal time for Marcus Rashford, and helping ensure Erik ten Hag's side knocked the Merseysiders out.

The reward is a last-four date with Coventry City at Wembley on Sunday, with Chelsea and Manchester City meeting in the other semi-final the day before.

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United have enjoyed an excellent record in the domestic cup competitions since Eriksen arrived on a free transfer in 2022 and the cultured midfielder feels that shows the ability in the side.

"Like you said, since I've been here, as well I'm sure before, you are also doing well in the cup games," he told club media this week. "Also it says that we are a team who, on the day, has a very, very high level. Hopefully, it's going to be something that we're going to take with us into the semis."

The Scandinavian schemer admits it has been a difficult campaign, overall, but is determined it will end on a positive note.

"We're definitely going to aim as high as possible," he declared. "We're not going to hide from the season we have had. A lot of ups and downs.

"Hopefully now, with more than a month to go, we are going to finish strongly and exactly, get ourselves in a good position to at least have a chance of getting in the Champions League and obviously going all in there for the FA Cup final." 

Winning the FA Cup would grant entry to next season's Europa League but Eriksen is refusing to write off the pursuit of a Champions League spot, reiterating the main aim is to finish the season as strongly as possible.

"As a player, you want to play in the best league and the best tournaments," he said. "And, obviously, we have the team and, as a club like United, I think you should always be in the Champions League.

"Of course, we want to aim as high as we can and push ourselves to do what we can to make it happen."