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Man United signing Christian Eriksen CAN’T play in same XI as Bruno Fernandes, says Murphy

Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes CAN’T play collectively for Man United, claims Danny Murphy, with the brand new signing ‘more likely to be warming the bench at Outdated Trafford as a result of he is not on the identical stage because the Portuguese star’

  • Manchester United accomplished the free signing of Christian Eriksen final week 
  • Danish star, 30, grew to become the second arrival of the Erik ten Hag period at Outdated Trafford
  • He’ll compete with – or perhaps play alongside – Bruno Fernandes in No 10 position
  • However Danny Murphy would not consider it could be smart to play them collectively 

Danny Murphy would not consider Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen can play collectively at Manchester United and as an alternative feels the Dane shall be diminished to cameos from the bench at Outdated Trafford.

Eriksen, 30, grew to become the second signing of the Erik ten Hag period at United when he joined on a free switch final week after he turned down the possibility to remain at Brentford.

It capped a outstanding comeback to the very best stage for the midfielder after he suffered a cardiac arrest enjoying for Denmark eventually 12 months’s European Championship.

Bruno Fernandes is Manchester United's established No 10

Christian Eriksen has arrived at United this summer

Christian Eriksen (proper) has signed for Manchester United however there are doubts over whether or not he’ll be capable to play alongside Bruno Fernandes (left) within the No 10 position

talkSPORT pundit Danny Murphy has his doubts over whether the pair will dovetail at United

talkSPORT pundit Danny Murphy has his doubts over whether or not the pair will dovetail at United

However former England worldwide Murphy believes Ten Hag can be silly to play each Eriksen and common No 10 Fernandes in the identical aspect as a result of it could go away United weak defensively.

He informed talkSPORT: ‘I feel United are going to play one No 10. In the event you assume you are going to get Eriksen and Fernandes in a midfield three and be capable to compete with groups athletically and defensively, you have received no probability.

‘He’ll play his share of video games as a result of you do not have the identical XI for a season, we all know that.

‘You will note the rotation and it is 5 subs this season as effectively so there may be going to be influence off the bench however he isn’t going to play forward of Fernandes.

‘Some folks would possibly desire him to Fernandes however his numbers do not recommend he’s on Fernandes’ stage.’

Eriksen became Erik ten Hag's second signing since becoming Manchester United manager

Eriksen grew to become Erik ten Hag’s second signing since turning into Manchester United supervisor

He lined up for Brentford at Old Trafford last season - but now has signed for the Red Devils

He lined up for Brentford at Outdated Trafford final season – however now has signed for the Pink Devils

It comes after Murphy steered final week that Eriksen can be little greater than a ‘squad participant’ at United.

‘I actually like Eriksen, I’ve at all times admired him when it comes to his creativity and the way in which he performs his soccer,’ Murphy informed talkSPORT.

‘He tries issues, he is good at set-plays, two good toes however wouldn’t it excite me if I used to be a United fan? He’ll be a squad participant, is not he? 

‘He may change a recreation, sure, that is truthful. He may come off the bench and alter a recreation however is he going to carry United nearer to Liverpool and Metropolis? Nowhere close to it.

‘Within the chilly mild of day, in the event that they need to be aggressive towards Liverpool, Metropolis and Chelsea, and even simply Liverpool and Metropolis, that is not the kind of signing United must be making.’  

The Danish international suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during Euro 2020 last summer

The Danish worldwide suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch throughout Euro 2020 final summer time

Portugal worldwide Fernandes scored 10 targets and supplied 14 assists for United in what was a totally underwhelming 2021-22 marketing campaign.

That was a discount on the 28 targets and 17 assists he provided for United the season prior underneath Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ten Hag could also be tempted to set United up in a 4-1-2-3 formation, with Eriksen and Fernandes forming a ‘double 10’ with a single holding midfielder behind.

Nevertheless, on the proof of their two pre-season friendlies to date, Ten Hag will favour the extra acquainted 4-2-3-1 form with Fernandes positioned forward of two deeper gamers, similar to Fred and Scott McTominay.

Fernandes and United endured a frustrating 2021-22 campaign but he still scored 10 goals

Fernandes and United endured a irritating 2021-22 marketing campaign however he nonetheless scored 10 targets

United are nonetheless pursuing the Barcelona and Holland midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who has been high of Ten Hag’s want listing all summer time.

Whereas the 2 golf equipment have agreed a switch price of £71.5million, De Jong is reluctant to go away Barcelona regardless of their must promote him to ease their monetary issues.

In addition to Eriksen, United have additionally signed Tyrell Malacia, the left-back, and have reached an settlement with Ajax to purchase Lisandro Martinez for £55m.

They return to motion towards Crystal Palace on the Melbourne Cricket Floor on Tuesday.


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