Man Utd legend Paul Scholes hails ‘brilliant’ Christian Eriksen for ‘playing with a brain’ after Rashford assist

    MANCHESTER UNITED great Paul Scholes has hailed Christian Eriksen for his intelligence in midfield.

    The Dane joined the Red Devils on a free transfer over the summer and has immediately become a fixture in Erik Ten Hag’s side.

    Christian Eriksen set up the third goal in Manchester United's 3-1 win over Arsenal

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    Christian Eriksen set up the third goal in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over ArsenalCredit: Reuters

    Eriksen, 30, has two assists in all competitions so far and has already been compared to former England international Scholes.

    Asked what he wants to see in a player, Scholes, who made over 700 United appearances, told Gary Neville’s Overlap: “Intelligence, clever players with a brain.

    “Yeah, [Eriksen is] brilliant. A perfect example of a player who plays with intelligence, plays with his brain.

    “He is just a clever player. He knows where he is on the pitch and where other players are on the pitch.

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    “You need to play on the half-turn, Eriksen does it all the time.

    “They did it against Arsenal for [Marcus] Rashford’s goal. Eriksen was on the half-turn and so was [Bruno] Fernandes.”

    The Dane was asked about comparisons to United legend Scholes, who won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Eriksen replied: “Of course, it is great to be compared to them, but you create your own ways and your own name

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    “I was lucky that I managed to play against Paul Scholes.

    “He was a good player, so I’m happy to be compared to him.”

    Eriksen is currently with Denmark ahead of their Nations League fixtures against Croatia and France.

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