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Manchester United's Christian Eriksen in action against Rayo Vallecano's Oscar Trejo during last weekend's friendly clash. Photo: Ed Sykes/Action Images via Reuters

Manchester United's Christian Eriksen in action against Rayo Vallecano's Oscar Trejo during last weekend's friendly clash. Photo: Ed Sykes/Action Images via Reuters

Manchester United's Christian Eriksen in action against Rayo Vallecano's Oscar Trejo during last weekend's friendly clash. Photo: Ed Sykes/Action Images via Reuters

Christian Eriksen has revealed how Erik ten Hag has already succeeded where three of his predecessors failed – in signing him for Manchester United.

The Danish international has proved an instant favourite with United supporters following impressive weekend friendly performances against Atletico Madrid, in Oslo, and on his home debut against Rayo Vallecano.

It continued the 30-year-old’s remarkable recovery after he suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for his country in last summer’s Euros just 13 months ago.

And Eriksen revealed that, after talks with Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all led nowhere, Ten Hag has finally completed the deal he long dreamt about.

“Even when I was at Spurs, I’ve spoken to every manager who’s been here at Man United to see what the situation was,” said Eriksen.

“But I was at Spurs at the time and I really couldn’t see myself playing in another English team at that time. I went abroad and went to Inter.

“So, it’s been on the books, well, not on the books but it’s been spoken about. For me, it wasn’t the right timing, it wasn’t there and I was at a place at Spurs for a long time and I wanted to try something abroad and I went to Inter and ended up having a lovely time.

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“But then obviously something happened in the summer and that changed a bit the career path I had in mind, and then obviously to come back to Brentford, first of all, and then to be here is something I didn’t think could happen a year ago.

“(Returning to Tottenham) was only talk, they never really came with anything so it wasn’t really a thing for me to go back to Tottenham at the time and Man United were very early on, very positive and I had good conversations.

“It was very positive from the first few phone calls already and the club felt like they wanted me, so it was on for a long time.”

Despite Eriksen’s understandable reluctance to talk about the horrors of that afternoon in Copenhagen last June, the playmaker admitted he never lost faith in his ability, especially after a successful loan spell at Brentford in the second half of last season.

“In that sense, no, I’ve always trusted my football abilities,” he said. “And there have always been different clubs.

“Obviously, I was at Brentford last season, it was a bit new for me but it went well, I had a lovely time but going to Manchester after, on the fan base and the club, it’s the biggest.

“It’s a historical and a special club to be at and the vibe even from going to Norway, the fanbase over there was incredible.

“Obviously, to play at home it’s special but I’ve never thought, I’ve had feelings of going or not going, but I never thought it was going to happen. So to be playing in a home shirt here at Old Trafford is special.” 

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022]


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