Before last Thursday’s game in Amsterdam all the talk was of Ajax’s 19 year old playmaker Christian Eriksen and how it was a chance for him to impress Sir Alex Ferguson.
Eriksen, is one of a few midfielders who’ve been named as possible transfer targets for United this Summer.
Lille’s Eden Hazard and Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Goetze, as well as usual suspects Jack Rodwell and Luka Modric have all been linked to United of late.
Eriksen would arguably seem like a more attractive proposition as unlike the other aforementioned players doesn’t have as many other suitors willing to pay big money for his services.
Other clubs have shown interest in the player dubbed ‘the new Michael Laudrup’ -naturally because he’s Danish- who has a host of admirers there’s a chance United could avoid a bidding war, if they were to make a firm offer.
AC Milan and Chelsea have been named as two possible suitors but Eriksen who had trials at the Stamford Bridge club, may be reluctant to give them another chance.
The big question is “is Eriksen good enough?” Lat Thursday, he certainly didn’t do much wrong, although he hardly shone either.
Eriksen’s work-rate was impressive and he did manager to break through United’s defence but it was hardly a mesmerising performance.
The problem may have been expectation, with many commentators comparing the Eriksen situation to the one in 2003 when United faced a Sporting Lisbon side which contained a certain winger who immediately made Sir Alex Ferguson decide to sign him with an dazzling performance.
Comparing Eriksen to Cristiano Ronaldo, or Michael Laudrup for that matter, is grossly unfair, although it’s difficult to see United launching a bid for him, if he has a quiet game against us on Thursday.
At 19, Eriksen obviously has a great future ahead of him, the question is would United be willing to take a chance on a player who is still something of an unproven entity.
One thing’s for sure, should Eriksen shine at Old Trafford, he may just help Sir Alex Ferguson make up his mind and launch a definite bid for him in the Summer.