Eriksen explains dressing room mood ahead of Man City vs Man Utd

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Manchester United star Christian Eriksen has insisted his team-mates ‘feel good’ ahead of Sunday’s blockbuster showdown with Manchester City. The Red Devils go into the game having won their last four Premier League matches, boosting their chances of claiming the title in the process. However, with Pep Guardiola’s side up next, they face the biggest test of the season to date.

Manchester United have recovered from a slow start to the season to rise to fifth in the Premier League table.

After losing their first two matches against Brighton and Brentford, they’ve proceeded to put the likes of Liverpool, Southampton, Leicester and Arsenal to the sword.

Eriksen has been key for United amid their resurgence, with the Denmark international shining following his arrival back in the summer.

And now, speaking to club media, he’s claimed he and his team-mates are ‘feeling good’ as they gear up for Sunday’s crunch clash with fierce rivals Manchester City.

“Now it’s going to be a tough test,” said the 30-year-old.

“We’re feeling good and in a good place, really flowing and I’m looking forward to the game.

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“It’s a first derby for me personally, in Manchester, and hopefully it’s going to be a fun game to play in and a fun game to watch.”

Eriksen has been trialled in three different positions for United so far this season, with Erik ten Hag working out how to get the best from his prized asset.

He was used as a false nine in the 2-1 defeat to Brighton, starting there at a time where Cristiano Ronaldo was struggling for match fitness.

Ten Hag then decided to deploy Eriksen as a defensive midfielder in the woeful 4-0 defeat to Brentford, the midfielder’s old side.

But, since then, he’s been used in a two-man midfield alongside Scott McTominay with Bruno Fernandes playing further ahead.

Eriksen has admitted he’s surprised by his positional changes so far, though believes he’s still the same player as in his younger years.

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“I don’t know, I’m quite surprised about all the positional things,” he said when asked if he’d describe himself as a playmaker.

“All the games, even when I was at Spurs, I started as a winger but would often drop down to get the ball, collect it and help the build-up back then so that hasn’t really changed in that sense.

“Obviously, you start on the pitch in different positions, then it’s how the team play and how the team wants to move, how the manager wants the team to move and then you move from there.

“I still feel I’m the same player like before maybe I’m a little bit further from goal in some games but it’s not like I haven’t been there before.”

Eriksen also agrees with Bruno Fernandes that the pair are striking up a strong understanding in the middle of the park.

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“Definitely and it doesn’t surprise me,” he said.

“I mean some people see us as very similar players but they probably only look at the stats and don’t see us, the player and the qualities.

“We have different qualities, a different style of play and, with Bruno and in general, I think I’m learning to get to know all my team-mates better.

“I also get to know how they run, how they want to have the ball, how they move around and how I move around the pitch for them.

“We’re starting to get that connection. With Bruno, it’s a good connection and it’s nice to have such a good footballer in front of me.”


And Eriksen also feels like he’s already been at United for a long time, insisting he’s loving life at Old Trafford so far.

“No, I do. You say it really well,” he said.

“I think, from my own point of view, it’s only a few months but it feels like I’ve been here longer.

“It’s to do with the club, the people working for the club, the team.

“In general, I’ve been made to feel very welcome since day one and I feel at home straight away.”

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