Christian Eriksen responds to being compared to Paul Scholes at Man Utd – ASAL SPORTS

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Christian Eriksen has arguably been Manchester United’s best player so far this season ( Image: OLI SCARFF/Getty Images)

The Denmark international has enjoyed a stellar start to life at Old Trafford, establishing himself as one of the most important players in Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils system

Christian Eriksen is playing some of the best football of his career at Manchester United and has even earned comparisons with a Red Devils legend in former fellow midfielder Paul Scholes.

The Danish international made the move to Old Trafford this summer as a free agent following the end of his six-month contract with fellow Premier League outfit Brentford. Eriksen signed for United 13 months after he suffered an on-pitch cardiac arrest while playing for his country at Euro 2020.

Things have gone better than many would have expected, with Eriksen named in the starting line-up for every single one of United’s Premier League fixtures so far this term. Manager Erik ten Hag has placed a huge amount of trust in the midfielder, who is repaying him in some fashion so far.

Danish outlet Politiken discussed the fact that upon his arrival in Manchester, Eriksen was actually dubbed ‘a new ageing Juan Mata’, but is now being compared to Old Trafford icon Scholes just six games into his United career.

“It’s football in a nutshell and shows how fast it is,” Eriksen told the Denmark newspaper. “Of course, it is great to be compared to them, but you create your own ways and your own name. I was lucky that I managed to play against Paul Scholes. He was a good player, so I’m happy to be compared to him.”

The playmaker was of course no stranger to anyone who tunes into the Premier League having spent seven years at Tottenham Hotspur from 2013 to 2020. With that being said, Eriksen has since explained what it feels like to play for a club of United’s stature.

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“Like everyone else, I’ve previously been one of those sitting and reading about what happened in United. It is a huge club, and no one in the world does not know about the brand United.”

While morale is high among the United dressing room now after a four-game winning run in the league, it was a very contrasting feeling after two defeats from their opening two games.

The second loss came away at Brentford in a contest that saw the Bees run riot, putting four past United with no reply. Eriksen certainly had a game to forget, but now feels he is a lot closer to finding his feet in the famous red shirt.

“During that period we were probably searching – also for my own part. I played many different positions in a very short time. First a little striker and then down in defensive midfield.

“In recent matches, I have played as an 8, and it suits me very well. It’s great that we’ve come back on top with wins, which have been good for us and created a bit of confidence.”

Arthur Melo replaced by Jay Spearing for Liverpool in Papa John’s Trophy defeat

Jurgen Klopp brought in Arthur Melo on deadline day, with Liverpool in the midst of an injury crisis. But the Brazilian will first build up his fitness levels before becoming a regular contributor

Arthur Melo’s road to full fitness continued on Tuesday night – with the Brazilian involved in one of the more eye-catching substitutions in recent history.

The Brazilian international was brought to Anfield in the final hours of the summer window, with Jurgen Klopp’s side facing an injury crisis in midfield. Signed on a season-long loan deal from Juventus, hopes are high that he will be able to contribute with the Reds once again competing on all fronts.

But after being deemed surplus to requirements by the Bianconeri, Arthur had a disjointed pre-season and Klopp admitted it will take him some time to get up to speed. “Arthur needs now just football – and training, especially, that’s how it is. He wasn’t in team training for a while at Juve, so he needs proper team training – and that’s what we are doing with him,” he said earlier this month.

“He is doing well, he is really giving his absolute all in training, we have to be careful with him as well and then we will see whether we can use him. He’s a really good footballer – I think we all agree on that… he can give rhythm, he’s a really good passer, has speed with the ball, safe on the ball.”

He has thus far made just one appearance for the first team, but has been clocking up the minutes away from the limelight with the club’s development sides. At the weekend, the 26-year-old played 90 minutes for the Under 21s as they beat Leicester City in Premier League 2 action.

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Youth coach Barry Lewtas was full of praise for the former Barcelona star and the impact he had on the club’s brightest young talents. “That’s obviously what sometimes this group can do. We talk about it a lot: we’re in the same building, we work closely together on how we want to play,” Lewtas said.

“It gives players an opportunity if they need minutes to come in and play some minutes and play in the way we play. So, it was really good. They’re top-level professionals. They add to our group as well, not just in terms of our performance but our young lads get to see what elite looks like.

“It works both ways. We can give them some minutes but they’re able to show us their professionalism and why they are where they are.”

And he was back in action with the youngsters as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Rochdale in the Papa John’s Trophy. But after a tidy 60-minute cameo, he was replaced by a player even more senior than him.

Jay Spearing, 33, was the man to replace Arthur, turning out for the last 30 minutes at Spotland. It was a change which quickly caught the eye on social media, with many still getting used to Spearing’s new role back at Anfield.

The midfielder, who made 55 appearances for the Reds after coming through the academy, has returned to his boyhood club in a dual coaching and player role. Whilst the majority of his time back on Merseyside will be dedicated to gaining coaching experience, he remains eligible as an overage player.

And although the change raised a smile or two, for Spearing, turning out for Liverpool again – in whatever capacity, was a prospect too great to ever turn down. “The first couple of weeks for me was about breaking down walls with the boys and speaking to the lads to let me on their side and to trust me,” he said of his new role.

“Once those barriers were broken, the football came easily, and I started to gain relationships on and off the field with the boys. We are now working on individual things and helping them get better. It has been an absolute honour to put on the crest and wear the red kit again. It just feels like home and there’s not one bad word I could say about it.”

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