As Christian Eriksen made his way back to the away dressing room at half-time at Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon, he must have felt as though a huge weight had been lifted from his shoulders.
At the 20th attempt, the Denmark international scored his first goal in Manchester United colours, converting Bruno Fernandes’ low cross to put the Reds in front against Fulham. The midfielder gambled on getting into the penalty area and found himself in the right place at the right time to slide the ball home.
It was nothing more than what his stellar performances this season have deserved. He has been excellent since arriving at Old Trafford in July, justifying why Erik ten Hag was so intent of securing his signature.
He has bossed proceedings in midfield time and time again, meaning he has quickly become something of a fans’ favourite in M16. He has transformed the outlook on United’s midfield with his class and quality on the ball earning regular plaudits.
At the time of joining United, however, some supporters, journalists and pundits alike all questioned just where the Dane would fit in. United already had a seasoned attacking midfielder in Fernandes, were still pursuing Frenkie de Jong’s signature and needed a world-class defensive midfielder.
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