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United thought to be in pole position to sign Eriksen (Picture: Getty)

John O’Shea is not convinced Christian Eriksen is the right fit at Manchester United this summer.

Erik ten Hag is eager to bring in both Eriksen and Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong as he seeks to rebuild United’s midfield ahead of the new season.

The Dane will become a free agent at the end of the month and while Brentford are eager to extend his stay in north London, United are hopeful of bringing him to Manchester.

United’s hopes of doing that have been boosted this week with reports claiming Tottenham have ended their interest in signing their former player to focus on strengthening other areas of the team.

While United are now said to be in pole position, O’Shea suggests the focus perhaps should be on strengthening other areas of the side.

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O’Shea is now assistant manager of the Ireland Under-21 side (Picture: Getty)

‘When a good player becomes available, they’ll figure out a way to get him in if they can, and if the manager wants him. With Christian Eriksen, they would have had discussions about him,’ O’Shea told Paddy Power.

‘Thankfully, he’s got back to full fitness, and he showed his quality at Brentford last season. There’s lots of boxes to be ticked in terms of what he can bring to the team but is he the necessary fit for this team at this time? Manchester United have to weigh up those options.

‘Eriksen is a quality player, no one is denying that. But is he the right fit for what Manchester United needs at the moment? That’s up to the manager and the recruitment team.

‘There are other players at Ajax who Ten Hag should know very well and you’d hope that if there were certain individuals he thought could settle into the Premier League and Manchester United quickly, then hopefully they can get that over the line.

‘I’m sure that behind the scenes, they’ll be discussing that and hopefully those things can happen quite quickly.’

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