Manchester United’s Christian Eriksen, 31, has expressed his disappointment over his lack of playing time this season.
“Christian Eriksen insists he doesn’t know why he is not starting for United,” British outlet 90MIN reported on July 27. However, he emphasized that the team’s priority is to win,” 90MIN reported.
Eriksen has started just four games for United in all competitions this season, with the majority of his appearances coming as a substitute. Eriksen came off the bench at the start of the second half to set up Harry Maguire, 30, for the winning goal in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group A third leg against FC Copenhagen on Sept. 25.
Speaking to sports media outlet TNT Sports after the game, Eriksen expressed his frustration with his reduced playing time. “I think you have to ask the coach why I’m starting from the bench, it’s not up to me,” Eriksen said. The important thing is that I want to play as much as possible. But the coach is focusing on other players. If I can help the team win, it’s worth it,” he said.
Eriksen also spoke about playing time during the last international break. He told Danish outlet Extravaganza: “I think you have to ask the manager about my situation now. We have been hit hard by a lot of injuries in defense and we are conceding too many goals. I was sick last week, but now I’m fine. I’m in good shape and I want to play in every game,” he said.
“If you watched the United game, you will see that Van Gaal wants to play a different style of midfielder than me,” he added, claiming that Van Gaal wants to play other players more than him.
Eriksen started 25 of United’s 29 English Premier League (EPL) games last season. This summer, however, United 토토사이트 added Mason Mount (24) and Sofiane Amrabat (27) to the squad, increasing competition in the center of the park. The Red Devils face bitter rivals Manchester City in the ‘Manchester Derby’ this round. Will Eriksen be Van Gaal’s choice in this crucial rivalry match?