Man United legend Rio Ferdinand: 'I was WRONG about Christian Eriksen'

‘His forward passing is up there with the best in the league’: Man United legend Rio Ferdinand admits he was WRONG about Christian Eriksen in early U-turn after the Dane pulled the strings in win over Arsenal

  • Rio Ferdinand said he was wrong about Christian Eriksen at Manchester United 
  • He doubted Eriksen’s impact, but the Dane has started all six league games
  • Ferdinand said his forward passing was ‘up there with the best in the league’
  • Eriksen’s performances have consigned £70m signing Casemiro to the bench 

Rio Ferdinand has eaten humble pie after admitting he was wrong about Christian Eriksen at Manchester United.

The Danish midfielder joined the Red Devils on a free transfer from Brentford – but the TV pundit believed it would not go well for either him or his former club.

Ferdinand said Eriksen would only amount to being a ‘squad player’, and saying he would be surprised if the Dane became a regular starter for Erik ten Hag’s men.

Eriksen has proven himself at Old Trafford during their recent good form, starting all six games so far, and getting an assist in Manchester United’s 3-1 home win over Arsenal on Sunday.

Christian Eriksen has been praised for his performances by an initially doubtful Rio Ferdinand

It has left Ferdinand admitting he underestimated the 30-year-old’s impact on the team.

‘Can I give a special, special shout out to my man of the match Christian Eriksen?’ Ferdinand said on Vibe with Five after the Arsenal match. 

‘I have to hold my hand up. I was one of those who was sceptical about the signing. It’s another signing, I’m sure from Erik ten Hag; it was his decision to take him.

‘At the moment you cannot argue with that decision. In the game today his passing, the first one when he wrapped it with the eyes, took out about five players in the Arsenal team.

Ferdinand said Eriksen’s forward passing ‘is up there with the best in the league at the moment’

‘The other one where he plays it to Bruno [Fernandes] and he puts it in for Rashford and obviously the assist. His forward passing is up there with the best in the league at the moment.

‘I was a bit sceptical asking ‘what’s he going to bring?’ ‘is he going to start?’ Well, yes he’s starting and, yes, he’s producing so, Eriksen I salute you.’

Eriksen’s arrival at Old Trafford was one of the more understated incomings for the club, with expensive signings Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro and Antony garnering more attention.

However, Eriksen’s performances alongside Scott McTominay have kept £70m Casemiro on the bench, although squad rotation could come into play with United’s Europa League campaign starting on Thursday.

Eriksen has so far kept £70m Casemiro on the bench, although there could be squad rotation

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