‘Not convinced’ – Roy Keane has withering verdict on Christian Eriksen after free transfer to Man Utd


ROY KEANE delivered a withering verdict of Christian Eriksen before Manchester United’s defeat to Brighton.

The Dane joined Erik ten Hag’s revolution on a free transfer last month after leaving Brentford.

But Red Devils legend Keane is “not convinced” Eriksen can bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.

The 30-year-old attacking midfielder was thrust into Ten Hag’s starting XI for his United debut on Sunday but produced little as they suffered a shock 2-1 loss on home turf.

Eriksen impressed during a short spell at Brentford prior to his new switch.

And before suffering a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020, he starred for both Tottenham and Inter Milan.

But despite being seen by many as a good signing for United, Keane had a different opinion.

The Irishman, United captain during Sir Alex Ferguson’s golden era, dismissed talk that Eriksen could be the club’s saviour.

Instead, Keane questioned whether the playmaker was capable of putting in the extra yards to help United out defensively.

And this theory was evident in practice when the Scandinavian dropped deeper on Sunday, following Ronaldo’s introduction, and United were able to gain more control in midfield.

When the Reds are able to revert to playing with a more traditional striker, the Danish midfielder will likely be found dictating play from the middle of the park.

And despite admitting Eriksen was “talented”, Keane was not buying into any hype prior to kick-off against Brighton.

The pundit said: “I think he’s a really good player. 

“In the bigger picture, will he get United back competing for league titles? The answer’s no to that.

“My biggest worry for players like Eriksen, the big problem for United over the last few years when they’re out of possession, especially against the better teams, they’re not great at getting back.

“That’s not one of his strengths. He’s a talented player, but I’m not convinced he’s the answer, but a very good player obviously.”

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