New Delhi, August 5 (IANS): Danish footballer Christian Eriksen could make his first Premier League appearance for Manchester United against Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday.
He signed for United on a free transfer earlier this summer after leaving Brentford at the end of last season.
The 30-year-old midfielder has revealed he spoke to many people including Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before joining Manchester United.
New United manager Erik ten Hag played a key role in bringing Eriksen’s to Old Trafford on a three-year deal.
Speaking to Star Sports ahead of starting the new season, the Danish player recalled how he collapsed on the pitch during his side’s game against Finland at Euro 2020.
“I remember everything except the four minutes I wasn’t there, although I also remember the throw-in, waking up with people around me, leaving the stadium in the ambulance, I remember almost everything,” Eriksen told Star. Sports.
“Yes, I think it made me even more relaxed in a term of football, not because I wasn’t really stressed about football before, but I think you have an experience like this, c It’s difficult and it’s different, you see things differently,” he said.
When asked about his return to professional football after a scary incident and the support of Brentford, he said: “For me to be able to play professional football again was something I dreamed of and I’m grateful that Brentford helped me. gave a chance to be able to come back and be able to play. The first few days were like, can I play football? Can I do it properly? Can I get back to a normal level? Can I get back to where I want to be ” I mean after you came out with what happened and another 6 or 7 months without training with the team I wanted to play professional football again and see where I am,” he said.
“It’s been great for me from the first conversation, calling and asking what the situation was. I’ve known Thomas for a long time. He’s still the same man, I think his hair is a bit shorter, otherwise it’s the same man and he sees football the same way he did back then. Now he’s been really good to me,” he added.
Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during his team’s game against Finland in the 2020 European Championship. He received immediate treatment and was awake when he left the stadium on a stretcher around 20 minutes later .
Eriksen said it was good to be back in professional football and a good reception from the fans motivated him to play the game.
“Yeah, I really think that game was more nervous than I was involved in. I mean it was definitely one of them, the one you have to check off before you really believe it, then after for that to happen it was like a joy obviously we lost but for me as a person or for me as a footballer to be able to come back and the welcome I got from fans and people and even from those in Brentford, it’s been awesome and some people have been really nice to me and it’s a really nice place to live,” he said.
“It was a very welcoming and warm place. They welcomed me from day one, I mean everyone, fans at the stadium, people at the training ground, teammates and staff, everyone has been really welcoming,” he said.
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