Manchester United legend: Eriksen will struggle

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Tottenham Hotspur fans may have to wait a while before seeing the best of Christian Eriksen, according to Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar.

Eriksen joined Spurs from Ajax a couple of days before the transfer window closed in a deal worth £11.5million, though was not registered in time to feature in the derby clash loss to Arsenal.

Andre Villas-Boas' team struggled to create any clear cut chances against the Gunners in that game, despite controlling most of the second half after falling behind to a first half Olivier Giroud strike.

Many claimed that the presence of Eriksen and his skills as a playmaker may have made a difference to Spurs' attacking threat, but Van der Sar was not so sure.

Manchester United's former number one, who is now working as marketing director at Ajax, claimed it may will not be as simple as that and felt the transition from Eredivisie to Premier League will pose problems for the Denmark international.

"Last week I was at the Arsenal v Tottenham game and it is a game played at a punishing pace up and down," he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

"Eriksen is a great footballer, but with the game's tremendous pace, he will have some problems in the beginning."

Spurs fans will not have to wait long to see how Eriksen shapes up to the English game, as Villas-Boas confirmed there is a "big possibility" the midfielder will be in the starting XI for the Premier League clash with Norwich City at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

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