Christian Eriksen will have the opportunity to showcase his talents to Manchester United on Thursday night as Ajax face the Premier League champions in the last 32 of the Europa League.

The 19-year-old is considered to be one of the finest young players to be operating in Europe and, unsurprisingly, he has often been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson is certainly intrigued by Eriksen, and says he will pay special attention to the Dane when the two sides meet this week.

"There's been a lot of attention on him," Ferguson stated, according to skysports.com. "Everybody's been watching him. We'll see what he's like."

GMF takes a closer look at the young midfielder…

Pros

Should Manchester United manage to complete the transfer of Eriksen there would, clearly, be a number of positives attached to any proposed deal.

A creative midfielder, Eriksen has been nurtured in the famed Ajax academy, and has the privilege of learning how to ply his trade from the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and the De Boer brothers.

Last term was his breakthrough season; a campaign after which he ended with the award of the Dutch Football Talent of the Year after numerous impressive performances in the Eredivisie.

His progress has continued this term, and his maturity in front of goal has been a marked improvement when compared to last season.

Last year, Eriksen found the net eight times in 46 appearances for Ajax, but can already boast six strikes this season in 28 outings for his Dutch employers.

Eriksen also possesses fantastically quick feet, a sumptuous touch and - at times - quite breathtaking skill and is seemingly destined for superstardom.

The Denmark international has been compared to Brian and Michael Laudrup by none other than Johan Cruyff. Quite an accolade indeed.

Cons

Although Eriksen already has 20 caps at international level to his name, as well as experience of playing in the Champions League, doubts will be harboured over his ability to transfer from the Eredivisie to the Premier League.

Many have threatened to hit the big time after cutting their teeth in the Dutch leagues, but have failed to live up to their billing when granted a high-profile move away from Holland.

Eriksen also needs to work on his final ball, having failed to contribute a single assist this season, while his defensive contribution could also be improved.

Verdict

The signing of Eriksen would prove to be a significant coup for Manchester United, and one that could be the most exciting made by Sir Alex Ferguson for a number of years.

Eriksen has the ability to be a huge success at Old Trafford and may, perhaps, be the perfect eventual successor to Paul Scholes.

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