Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes his former club missed out on having their very own Kevin de Bruyne in Christian Eriksen.
The 27-year-old Danish playmaker had been heavily linked with a move away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer, although United have now missed their window to sign him.
Among those interested were Real Madrid, who could yet make a move despite the Premier League transfer window closing on August 8th, as teams from France, Spain and Germany can continue buying until August 31.
Before the close of play, United’s name entered the conversation which excited Scholes, who has long admired Spurs’ metronomic number 23.
However, it only turned out to be paper talk, frustrating the Red Devils’ legion of supporters including the aforementioned ‘Ginger Prince’ as Eriksen would give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team something they are lacking which rival neighbour and Premier League champions Manchester City have.
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“I was quite excited when Christian Eriksen got mentioned,” he told Robbie Savage’s Premier League Breakfast.
“He could have made a big difference to United in the way De Bruyne plays for City, creating chances and scoring goals.
“But they haven’t got that and they have some good players so the target is top four and I think they will make it.”
How close are Eriksen and De Bruyne? Five key things to know…
- Eriksen joined Spurs from Ajax in 2013 and two years later Man City signed Wolfsburg forward De Bruyne.
- Both have been among the Premier League’s finest creators.
- Eriksen has created 60 goals across 206 matches.
- De Bruyne, meanwhile, has bagged 45 assists in 117 games.
- Both could meet on August 17 at the Etihad Stadium.