Christian Eriksen relishing Parken Stadium return

Tuesday 07 November 2023 20:21

Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen is no stranger to playing at FC Copenhagen's famous Parken Stadium.

Our no.14 has graced the iconic arena on countless occasions for his country, Denmark, and on Wednesday he could play there for the first time in club football.

United face FC Copenhagen in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, knowing that a victory in Scandinavia would be a big boost to our hopes of a top-two finish in Group A.

Ahead of the match, Eriksen joined Erik ten Hag for our pre-match press conference on Tuesday evening, and was asked about the prospect of playing in the stadium's "special" atmosphere.

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"I have never played against Copenhagen in here," Eriksen said. 

"I have only been here with [the] national team and I do know the atmosphere is very special.

"I do expect a special atmosphere but 100 times more theatrical than Old Trafford [according to FC Copenhagen manager Jacob Neestrup]? I'm not sure about that."

In the reverse fixture at the Theatre of Dreams, which United edged 1-0 thanks to a Harry Maguire header, Eriksen came up against his childhood friend Rasmus Falk, who plays in midfield for FC Copenhagen.

Christian says he enjoyed being friends turned foes for the evening, and hopes to have the opportunity to do so again at Parken Stadium on Wednesday.

"It was special," he recalled of the Old Trafford meeting. "I also managed to kick him!

"It is always special to see him and I have been following him since we played together for years. It is nice to be able to play against him and in Parken it will be fun."

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Erik believes Rasmus has the determination and quality to succeed at Manchester United.

Friendships aside, Eriksen is firmly focused on getting a positive result in his home country, in order to help Ten Hag's side progress towards qualification for the knockout stage of the Champions League.

"The only thing for us is three points. To put ourselves in the position to go through, we know we need to get three points.

"We lost a lot of points in the first two games so tomorrow is another opportunity to get three points."