Eriksen Marks Brilliant Start To The Season With Stunning Goal Against Croatia

Denmark's Christian Eriksen lines up before the match.

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Christian Eriksen has started the new season in fine form, pulling the strings in the midfield for both club and country.

During the summer transfer window, Eriksen, 30, moved to Manchester United following a short but successful spell under countryman Thomas Frank at Brentford.

The free arrival wasn’t anticipated to play a crucial role under Erik ten Hag, and was largely seen as the replacement for veteran midfielder Juan Mata, who departed to Galatasaray following the expiration of his contract.

However, the importance of Eriksen’s versatility and experience in Ten Hag’s half-baked squad became clear from the very first game of the Premier League campaign. The Dutchman started the former Tottenham Hotspur star as a false 9 against Brighton & Hove Albion.

His experiment didn’t work, but Eriksen’s performance in the second-half in a deeper role showed he’s going to be a mainstay in United’s starting XI.

Since then, the midfielder has produced multiple impressive performances in the heart of the midfield. He even registered an assist in the Red Devils’ Europa League win in Moldova. Further, Eriksen has been named the club’s Player of the Month for September.

The Dane stepped up for his country as well, scoring a superb long-range equaliser in the 77th minute against Croatia on Thursday. But the hosts regained their lead through Lovro Majer just two minutes later.

A disappointing result for Denmark, but Kasper Hjulmand will certainly take a lot of encouragement from Eriksen’s form ahead of the World Cup.