Why Eriksen wears no.14 for United

Wednesday 30 November 2022 07:00

Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen has donned the no.14 jersey since arriving at the club in the summer.

There is always a fair bit of intrigue around which number a new signing will choose to wear on the back of their shirts when joining a new team, and it was no different when Eriksen arrived at United in July. 

Christian had previously worn eight through the majority of his time at first professional club Ajax, and the no.23 during his six-and-a-half years at Tottenham, but those numbers had already been selected by Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw respectively in the Reds’ squad. 

Both 21 and 24, which he wore at Brentford and Internazionale respectively, were available but our Danish midfielder opted to go for the no.14 for the first time in his club career.
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In our new Fans’ Q&A episode sponsored by Melitta, Eriksen revealed the reason for the selection, saying: “I didn’t pick it, my son picked it! 

“We had a few options, a few numbers and I wrote him a list of the numbers available, and he picked number 14.”
Christian has since graced the number his son chose while representing United in the first part of the campaign. 

Also speaking in his Fans’ Q&A, he discussed the comfort he and his family have felt since making the move to Manchester.

“It’s been good, I’ve only been here a few months, but it already feels like I’ve been here a lot longer, which is positive,” the 30-year-old explained.

“Then you know that you feel at home straight away, which me and my family have done.

“So, I think we are settling in, getting to know everyone, the football style and how people are," he continued.

“It’s been a nice first few months.”

Eriksen is currently wearing no.10 for Denmark at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where they play their third and final group-stage game this afternoon. 

The Danish team know that they need a win against Australia (15:00 GMT kick-off) to have any chance of finishing in Group D's top two, and ensuring progress to the knockout rounds.