Christian Eriksen would be an odd signing for Manchester United, who need to strengthen in other areas, according to Danny Murphy.
United are reportedly leading the race for the Denmark international, with former club Spurs now said to be ‘distancing themselves’ despite reports of interest.
Eriksen – who returned to the Premier League in January having recovered from a cardiac arrest at the European Championships last summer – impressed in his six months with Brentford.
United boss Erik ten Hag is well aware of Eriksen’s quality after the 30-year-old trained with Ajax at the start of the year as he prepared for his return to competitive action.
Ten Hag is apparently keen to sign Eriksen as well as Frenkie de Jong this summer, with the Barcelona star also thought to be edging closer to Old Trafford.
But Murphy has questioned United’s interest in Eriksen, warning the Red Devils they will “finish worse than they did last season” if they sign him to play alongside Bruno Fernandes.
“If you look at the Manchester United option, I don’t see that,” Murphy told talkSPORT.
“If Ten Hag thinks he’s going to play Eriksen and Fernandes in the same team in the midfield with only one holding player, they’ll end up finishing worse off than they did this season.
“Unless he’s going to bring him in as back-up to Fernandes to play as a No.10, or is he going to play him as a central midfielder?
“If you’re talking about bringing De Jong and Eriksen in, where’s the legs, where’s the tenacity, where’s the tough tackling and physical presence? There isn’t one!
“It’s a strange one for United why they’d want Eriksen, I don’t get that. They’ve got enough attacking players and creative players.
“United think getting someone who has been at Brentford and was one of Tottenham’s main players in the past, in an unsuccessful team that won nothing, they think bringing Eriksen in is going to make them more competitive?
“If you’re Eriksen and you get the chance at this stage of your career to play for Manchester United, look, you do it.
“But what should be the most attractive option for Eriksen this summer? It depends where he’s going to play the most.”