Home » Article » “It’s new to me” – Manchester United veteran opens up on a tough season after impressive International display

“It’s new to me” – Manchester United veteran opens up on a tough season after impressive International display

published :

"It's new to me" - Manchester United veteran opens up on a tough season after impressive International display

Christian Eriksen shared his frustration over the lack of regular game time at Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen has aired his frustrations over lack of game time in the recently concluded 2023/24 campaign, as quoted in a report by Danish outlet TV2.

The creative midfielder, 32, produced a sparkling display to help Denmark beat Sweden 2-1 in a friendly match at the Parken Stadium ahead of Euro 2024. He was undoubtedly Denmark’s best player on the pitch, bagging an assist and a goal to claim the Man of the Match award.

Christian Eriksen assisted Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to open the scoring in the second minute but Sweden levelled things up through Alexander Isak. With the game heading toward a 1-1 draw, the 32-year-old unleashed a scrumptious shot from outside the box that curled into the right bottom corner past goalkeeper Robin Olsen in the 86th minute to win it for Denmark.

After the friendly game, the Dane opened up on a tough season with Manchester United, citing a bench role little different than what he has encountered all his career.

“For me, the season has been a little different to other seasons,” Eriksen told TV2. “It has been a slightly different role. It’s new to me, but it’s also new to the outside world.

“It is clear, in relation to how people talk (about me).”

After a strong debut season with the Red Devils where he built a strong partnership with Casemiro in the middle of the park, Eriksen managed only 22 Premier League appearances during the 2023/24 campaign. The Denmark international lost his place in Erik ten Hag’s starting XI to academy starlet Kobbie Mainoo, who enjoyed a breakout year with the club.

The midfielder further revealed a bench-warming role has never been fun in his career.

Christian Eriksen had a frustrating season with Manchester United. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Christian Eriksen had a frustrating season with Manchester United. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

“I was also a bit lucky that I didn’t sit on the bench so much when I was younger. But I did it once in a while. It’s never fun, that’s for sure,” he added.

“Personally, you always want to be the one who is chosen first in the team. Sometimes the coach looks the other way. But then I play for United.

“There is just a battle for places, because there are a lot of good players.”

More Manchester United News-

Going by Eriksen’s recent comments, it feels like he is a bit unsettled at our club. Kobbie Mainoo’s emergence, coupled with his new-found role on the bench, means Man United have a decision to make on his future this summer. If the Dane is unhappy with his game time, there is no point keeping him at Old Trafford.