Man Utd: Eriksen 'definitely appreciates' £73k-a-week teammate at Old Trafford

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Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen will appreciate the work that Scott McTominay does next to him, says journalist Dean Jones.

The two have both been playing in the middle of the park with each other since the Dane’s arrival at Old Trafford, and Jones thinks he is happy to start alongside someone like the £73,000-a-week Scotland international.

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What does United’s midfield currently look like?

Since taking over as manager, Erik ten Hag has mostly used a 4-2-3-1 formation.

That has seen Eriksen and McTominay take up the two midfield roles behind the No.10, Bruno Fernandes, which is how United lined up in their recent 3-1 victory against Arsenal.

You would expect there to be some sort of change in the near future following the Red Devils’ £70m capture of Casemiro, who has not joined the club to sit on the bench.

For now, though, the midfield partnership of Eriksen and McTominay seems to be working for the Manchester outfit.

What has Jones said about Eriksen and McTominay?

Jones says Eriksen will be pleased with the leg work that McTominay is doing for the two in the middle of the park.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “Eriksen will appreciate the work that McTominay does on a pitch. As a spectator, you might not be wowed by what McTominay does, but as a player playing alongside him, you would definitely appreciate the hard yards he puts in.”

How good has Eriksen been for United?

Ten Hag will be delighted with the club’s acquisition of Eriksen. He is a quality player who cost nothing and is currently performing for the Dutchman.

“He’s always scanning the pitch and he’s only thinking about going forward,” United legend Paul Scholes recently told Premier League Productions (via Manchester Evening News) when discussing Eriksen’s impact at Old Trafford this season.

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“I can’t tell you how important that is as a number ten and as a wide player because, if you don’t have that and you have the players that we’ve had playing in there who are always facing backwards and going backwards, their movement’s a waste of time, so whatever movement they do it doesn’t matter.”

As per FBref, Eriksen has ranked in the 97th percentile for shot-creating actions and the 82nd for progressive passes among midfielders over the last year, so you can very well see that the Denmark international is a positive player who tries to make something happen.

And with either McTominay or Casemiro next to him, he should be able to continue doing that.

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