Manchester United don’t need Christian Eriksen – Danny Murphy

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Former Premier League midfielder Danny Murphy believes Manchester United do not need Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen made an incredible comeback to football with Brentford in January after his cardiac arrest during the Euros last summer.

He joined Brentford on a six-month contract until the end of the season. The playmaker assisted four goals in 11 Premier League games, also scoring against Chelsea.

His impressive performances for Brentford has attracted interest from Manchester United.

Manchester United are favourites to sign Eriksen on a free transfer this summer with Tottenham Hotspur no longer interested in signing the midfielder after signing Yves Bissouma from Brighton.

However, ex-England midfielder Danny Murphy has questioned whether it would be a wise move for Manchester United to sign Eriksen.

“If Erik ten Hag thinks he’s going to play Eriksen and Fernandes in the same team in a midfield with only one holding player, they’ll end up finishing worse off than this season,” Danny Murphy told talkSPORT.

“Is he going to bring him (Eriksen) in as a back-up for Fernandes, play as a 10?

“Or is he going to play him as a central midfielder? If you bring in (Frenkie) De Jong and Eriksen in the midfield, where’s the tenacity, where the tough tackling physical presence?

“There isn’t one. That’s a strange one for United, why they want Eriksen, I don’t get that. They’ve got enough creative players.”

Murphy added: “So United think they are going to get someone from Brentford and been one of Tottenham’s best players in the past, in an unsuccessful era when they won nothing, they think bringing in Eriksen is going to make them more competitive?”

Meanwhile, Ten Hag has made it clear to Manchester United that he wants both Frenkie de Jong and Eriksen this summer, with the pair seen as being pivotal to his Old Trafford rebuild.

Ten Hag wants to fill his United team with more technically-gifted players than has been the case in recent years, with ball-possession key to the system he plans to implement at the club.

Ten Hag intends to transform Manchester United into a possession-based team rather than the counterattacking football played under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho.

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