Manchester United summer signing Christian Eriksen responds to Paul Scholes comparisons


    Christian Eriksen has been compared to Man Utd legend Paul Scholes
    Christian Eriksen has been compared to Man Utd legend Paul Scholes (Pictures: Getty)

    Christian Eriksen insists it is an honour to be compared to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes but says he wants to ‘create his own name’ at Old Trafford.

    Former Ajax, Tottenham, Inter Milan and Brentford midfielder Eriksen joined United over the summer on a free transfer.

    Eriksen had impressed for Brentford in the second-half of last season, having returned to football with an defibrillator fitted following his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

    The Denmark international has quickly established himself as a mainstay in Erik ten Hag’s side, helping Manchester United record from a worrying start to the season to win their last four league games and climb to fifth in the Premier League.

    Such has been Eriksen’s form this season, the 30-year-old has even been compared to United and England legend Scholes, who won 11 league titles and two Champions Leagues during his 20-year spell at Old Trafford.

    Asked about the comparisons, Eriksen told Danish outlet Politiken: ‘It’s football in a nutshell and shows how fast things can happen.

    ‘Of course, it is great to be compared to him, but you create your own ways and your own name.

    Eriksen is currently on international duty with Denmark
    Eriksen is currently on international duty with Denmark (Picture: Getty)

    ‘I was lucky that I managed to play against Paul Scholes, he was a great player, so I’m happy to be compared to him.’

    Eriksen has also explained why he rejected the chance to stay at Brentford and return to Tottenham in favour of moving to Manchester United.

    Brentford were desperate to tie him down to a new contract after he helped keep the club in the Premier League last season, while Spurs were interested in bringing the Dane back to north London.

    ‘Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world,’ said Eriksen, who has featured in all six of United’s league games so far this season.

    ‘It was a redemption after what had happened earlier, and like proving that you could get an offer from United. It was great. It’s a huge club I’ve joined.

    ‘I had enough [opportunities]. I had enough options to choose from, but it was all about finding the right one.

    ‘Of course, Brentford wanted me to stay but I would say where I am in my career, I had the opportunity to step up to what I had dreamed of and hoped for.

    ‘I wanted to kick-start my career by coming to an even bigger address [club], and I succeeded.’

    Due to postponements following the Queen’s death, Manchester United have not played a Premier League game since September 4. They resume their campaign following the international break against defending champions Manchester City.

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