Roy Keane is not convinced Christian Eriksen is the answer to midfield problems at Manchester United
Manchester United legend Roy Keane has doubts whether Christian Eriksen can solve the problems the Red Devils have in the midfield. The former United captain praised the Denmark international but doesn’t believe the 30-year-old is the answer.
Eriksen joined the Manchester-based club this summer as a free agent. After a big chunk of time on the sidelines, the Danish national returned to competitive action with Brentford. The 30-year-old signed a short-term deal with the Bees in January.
Speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Metro), Roy Keane, who spent 12 seasons at United, gave his opinion on one of the club’s latest signings. The former Irish midfielder doesn’t feel Eriksen will get the Red Devils back to competing for titles. He has concerns about the 30-year-old’s work rate.
“He’s a really talented player, a very good player obviously, but I’m not convinced he’s the answer.”
“Look, I think he’s a really good player.
“In the bigger picture, will he get Manchester United back competing for league titles? The answer is no.
United have made a few signings as of yet this summer. The club have invested heavily in the defence. The additions of Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez reflect that.
United need to bolster the engine room
The middle of the park has seen the addition of Christian Eriksen to the squad. But we lost a lot of depth this summer. Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata all left the club.
It was essential to bolster the engine room. But it’s been left almost the same. The Red Devils haven’t been decisive enough with their deals. We’ve taken a lot of time already to bring in fresh faces.
Fans have been adamant about the middle of the park needing more quality. And the loss to Brighton & Hove Albion does the club no favours. Fred and Scott McTominay have received a lot of stick from supporters.
When the duo were taken off, Eriksen played as the deep-lying midfielder in Erik ten Hag’s side. While the Denmark international had a decent game, we need more. A good number six should be a priority for the management.
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Eriksen is a quality player capable of making a difference in the final third. But while the 30-year-old should be expected to work hard, United need a lot more to fix their midfield woes.