Man United’s Christian Eriksen claims his “good relationship” with Bruno Fernandes has helped the Dane settle at Old Trafford… with the midfielder insisting he is still “the same player” since his Spurs days.
- Christian Eriksen has won praise for his relationship with Bruno Fernandez
- The Dane says he has formed a “good relationship” on the pitch with his teammate
- Eriksen says players have ‘different qualities’ that lead to success
- He also indicated that he is “the same player” since his days at Tottenham
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Manchester United’s Christian Eriksen says his “good relationship” with Bruno Fernandes has helped settle at Old Trafford.
The Dane has become a vital part of Eric ten Hag United’s squad and has found himself working in a role a little deeper than he once was, and is now often paired with Scott McTominay in a midfield duo.
However, Eriksen says he doesn’t care about “topical matters” and suggests he’s still “the same player” from his days at Spurs, not too long ago.
Christian Eriksen says his “good relationship” with Bruno Fernandez has helped him settle down
Eriksen claimed that he and Fernandez have “different qualities” that allow them to succeed
When asked if he and Fernandes had an affair on the pitch, Eriksen told the club’s website: ‘Absolutely and that doesn’t surprise me. I mean some people see us as very similar players, but maybe they just look at the stats and they don’t see us as the player and the traits.Read:England v Samoa: Rugby League World Cup semi-final – live | Rugby League World Cup 2021
“We have different qualities, different playing style, and with Bruno in general, I think I’m learning to get to know my teammates better. I also know how they run, how they want to get the ball, how they move and how I move around the field for them.
We’re starting to get that connection. With Bruno, it’s a good relationship and it’s good to have a good footballer in front of me.”
At Tin Hag’s side, the Dane was used in a deeper role who in turn gave Fernandez license to create in the final third – with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho on either side.
That paid off in United’s 3-1 win over Arsenal last month, as Eriksen plowed through the midfield with a pass to Fernandes, who then managed to score Rashford in goal.
Eriksen has reiterated the importance of “getting to know my teammates” since joining
Speaking of his deeper role, Eriksen said: “I don’t know, I’m totally amazed by all the topical stuff. All the matches, even when I was at Spurs, it started as a winger but I would often fall back to get the ball, collect it and help build at the time so that didn’t really change in that sense.
Obviously you start on the pitch in different positions, then how the team plays and how the team wants to move, how the manager wants the team to move and then you go from there.
“I still feel like the same player as before, maybe I’m a little off target in some games, but it’s not like I’ve never played before.”
At Spurs, while Eriksen often worked in a more attacking position – alongside Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane – he was also tasked with joining the midfield and helping build play during Pochettino’s tenure.
The Dane insists that his current role with Manchester United is not much different from the one he played at Tottenham
Eriksen’s praise comes shortly after Fernandez praised his fellow Dane, insisting he makes “my game easier”.
Fernandes told United’s official website: “It’s really good to play with Christian. He’s a player who can find passes, he can find pockets and he obviously makes my game easier because he can find me when I go between the lines.
It is not an easy thing to do. He is an excellent player and someone who has shown in the past that he has quality in the Premier League, Serie A and even for his country.
Eric ten Hag hopes his praises are in good shape when they travel to Etihad on Sunday for the Manchester derby.