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Manchester United: Eriksen ‘dissatisfied’ with playing time at Old Trafford

Christian Eriksen says he is “dissatisfied” with the amount of playing time he is getting at Manchester United but it’s not a situation he is “losing sleep over”.

The Denmark international has played just 95 minutes for United in the Premier League in 2024 and was again a substitute in the dramatic FA Cup win over Liverpool on Sunday.

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Speaking at the Danish camp this morning ahead of games against Switzerland and the Faroe Islands, Eriksen told Tipsbladet: “I have said before than I am not satisfied with not playing, but it not something I lose sleep over.

“The team is performing well and so I have to respect the role I have. For me, it is about working hard and focusing on being fit for every game, and I am.

“It is easier to accept my role now than it has been before.”

Asked if he had spoken to United boss Erik ten Hag, the 32-year-old added: “I have had a conversation with Erik [and told him] I am dissatisfied with the situation and that I would like to play as much as possible but that I am available for the team, which I am and always will be.”

The emergence of Kobbie Mainoo at Old Trafford has complicated matters for Eriksen, whose United contract runs until 2026.

“Kobbie is doing really well,” said Eriksen, “and the rest of the midfield as well so there is a battle for places which is to be expected when you play for a top club. There is great competition in the team.

“Of course, it can become a worry in the long run because I want to play as much as possible. You don’t want to sit on the bench all the time. I don’t have that approach but it’s not something that worries me right now.

“You don’t change a winning team and I respect that.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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