Paul Scholes has claimed on Robbie Savage’s BBC Sport podcast that Manchester United should have signed Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen, claiming Eriksen could be United’s version of Kevin De Bruyne.
United brought in just three new players this summer in the form of Harry Maguire for a record defender fee of £80million, as well as Dan James from Swansea City and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.
However, the club sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan on deadline day and failed to bring in a striker to replace the loss of the Belgian powerhouse. It leaves just Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood up front.
United legend Scholes was asked what he thought about his old side’s business in the market this summer, and feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have signed Eriksen – after the Dane held talks with United, as per BBC Sport.
“I was quite excited when Christian Eriksen got a mention,” Scholes said. “I think he could have made a big difference to Manchester United in the way that Kevin De Bruyne plays for Manchester City – creating chances, scoring goals.”
TBR’s view – Eriksen could have pushed United into top four
But unfortunately for United, as Scholes states, a move for Eriksen fell through. As per the aforementioned BBC Sport report, it is believed that Eriksen made it clean he favours a move to Spain – rather than joining United.
Indeed, the former Ajax man may still get his wish the Spanish window not closing until September 2. But adding Eriksen alongside Paul Pogba and another midfielder would have given United the flair required.
The top four was beyond United last season and it obviously becomes the target once again, this time around. Eriksen would have guaranteed Champions League football for 2020/21.