Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has raved about Christian Eriksen and revealed how the Dane has influenced Bruno Fernandes in the midfield.
Man United boss Erik ten Hag signed Eriksen as a free agent in the summer but the midfielder has gone on to become a revelation at Old Trafford, as he’s played a huge role in United’s run of four wins.
The former Tottenham midfielder provided the assist to Marcus Rashford’s second goal against Arsenal last weekend and played a role in Rashford’s first goal as well.
Paul Scholes has lauded the 31-year-old midfielder’s awareness, and claimed that he was the kind of midfielder the Red Devils had lacked in recent seasons.
“Well, forwards know when the ball’s coming – they know they’ve got a midfield player who is thinking about them even before the ball comes,” said Scholes of Eriksen. “They know he’s watching, he’s looking all the time.
“He’s always scanning the pitch and he’s only thinking about going forward – I can’t tell you how important that is as a number ten.
“If you don’t have that and you have the players that we’ve had playing in there who are always facing backwards and going backwards, their movement’s a waste of time, so whatever movement they do it doesn’t matter.”
Manchester United are obviously one of the best teams playing in transition and that helped them dismantled Arsenal on Sunday.
Man United effortlessly know how to turn defence into attack in a matter of seconds and that’s what Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes have been doing under Erik ten Hag, something Paul Pogba and Fernandes did on a few occasions under former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Eriksen turned defence into attack with sublime passes to Bruno Fernandes and the Portuguese star did well to turn one into an assist [Rashford’s first goal] and the other one, he contributed to the Antony’s opener.
And Paul Scholes believes the ability of Eriksen to pass the ball to Fernandes in the final third with helps the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder to influence matches.
“You see Bruno, who’s so clever to get in those spaces behind the midfield and in front of the back four, but you need someone to find him and Christian Eriksen has certainly got that,” Scholes added.
“For a number 10 to have any kind of influence on a football game then they need a midfield player of that kind of quality.”