By Noel Whelan

6th Jul, 2022 | 7:30pm

Pundit issues 'massive' Man United claim after Christian Eriksen surprise

Noel Whelan has backed Christian Eriksen to succeed as part of the rebuild at Man United despite expecting him to stay in London.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 30-year-old can be a key part of the future at Old Trafford as new boss Erik ten Hag attempts to “change the culture” at the club.

According to The Athletic (4 July), Eriksen has verbally agreed to join Man United and has accepted their proposal of a three-year deal.

Football Insider revealed Tottenham’s interest in re-signing Eriksen earlier this summer (23 May) – and Antonio Conte’s side were in contact over a potential deal.

Whelan suggested it is a surprise to see the Denmark international reject his former club to take up a fresh “challenge” at Old Trafford.

I felt that his decision could come down to family or having already put down roots in London,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“But look, there’s a challenge that he wants to take up at Man United. They’re a massive club.

“Brentford gave him that lifeline and the opportunity to prove himself to everyone – and he put in performances worthy of playing for Man United.

“I don’t think anyone can begrudge him that decision. They’re still a massive club and they’re rebuilding and trying to change the culture – and he can be a part of that.

“I’m sure that he will bring something to Man United because of the quality he can provide in that midfield area.”

Eriksen enjoyed a fruitful spell at Brentford during the second half of the 2021-22 campaign, just months after suffering a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

The midfield star notched one goal and four assists in 11 league games for the Bees.

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