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Manchester United’s Christian Eriksen offer is the kind of business we’ve come to expect from them

Manchester United have made an offer to sign Christian Eriksen, who is a free agent after an impressive half-season at Brentford.

Across stints at Ajax, Tottenham Hotspur, Inter and Brentford, Eriksen was one of the most dynamic passers and creators in Europe, and if United are successful in acquiring the Denmark midfielder it would go some way to replacing the progressive passing Paul Pogba brought to the team.

Where Bruno Fernandes is an unorthodox playmaker with a “high-risk, high-reward” passing profile, Eriksen is a calmer, creative player, one able to generate goalscoring opportunities for team-mates yet still valuing possession.

If he became a United player, Eriksen could operate from the left of a 4-2-3-1 system — one of Erik ten Hag’s preferred formations — with Fernandes operating as the No 10. The presence of two playmakers in a side at the same time could in theory allow United to sustain attacking pressure…

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