Legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel thinks Christian Eriksen will be able to handle the pressure to “create goals” at Man Utd.
Eriksen joined the Red Devils earlier this month on a free transfer after leaving Brentford at the end of June.
The Denmark international spent the second half of last season with the Bees after he wasn’t allowed to play in Serie A for Inter Milan because of regulations around playing with an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator).
Schmeichel thinks his compatriot is a “class player” and he’s tipped Eriksen to make a big “impression” at Man Utd this season.
“All due respect to Thomas Frank and Brentford, but Christian Eriksen is ambitious and he has become even more ambitious after his accident,” Schmeichel told Tipsbladet.
“I couldn’t see him taking a chance with Antonio Conte again, nor could I see him staying. And since United have been on the pitch before, the move didn’t surprise me.
“Christian Eriksen is a class player, and we need them at United. It’s great to get a Dane to the club. That makes it more interesting for me.
“He must see it as a great opportunity to make an impression on football. It is a big club that needs to be turned around, and if Christian Eriksen can take part in it, it will be a huge thing.”
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Schmeichel thinks Eriksen has the necessary mentality to handle the pressure at Old Trafford, the Man Utd legend added: “Christian Eriksen does not expect greater pressure than other new players. But you do not know what the pressure is at Manchester United until you have tried it.
“The expectation is that you win every time. You have to do your best in every single match. The fans are patient but have a limit and when it is reached it creates a pressure.
“The pressure is higher when you are not winning at United than it is elsewhere. You have to learn to live with the huge pressure that is on your performance. I have seen several talented footballers come to United without being able to cope with the pressure.
“But Eriksen should not worry. He has the mental balance he needs. He has already won the most difficult battle in life. I have no doubt that he will be a success. The fans already love him.”
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However, there will be two big expectations from Man Utd fans with Schmeichel insisting Eriksen “must create goals” and “must be able to hold on to the ball in the final third”.
Schmeichel continued: “He must create goals. That’s what he can do. Eriksen has a unique way of watching the football game.
“He can deliver passes the defence cannot handle. In addition, he must be able to hold on to the ball in the final third, because that was a big problem for United last season.
His qualities are seriously expressed when he has good players around him. Therefore, I think it would be nice to see him play with Cristiano Ronaldo. There you can talk about two well-developed football brains.”
Asked whether he thinks Erik ten Hag will use Eriksen regularly or not, Schmeichel replied: “It’s hard to say. There are many questions to which we lack answers. Is Ronaldo playing? Is Frenkie de Jong coming? I think it is difficult to predict the team right now, but no matter what, Christian Eriksen gets the chance from the start in many matches. There he must prove himself like everyone else.
“It’s a great feeling to pull a United jersey over your head. He is chosen to represent the dreams of many people. I hope he will enjoy it. He’s good enough and he can handle it. Christian Eriksen will probably become a superstar at United if he delivers what he can.”