“He doesn’t play”: Former Real Madrid man launches scathing attack on United star’s Euro inclusion

Christian Eriksen of Manchester United has once again come under fire from former Real Madrid midfielder Thomas Gravesen.

The United player, who joined Old Trafford on a free transfer in 2022, played 44 games and recorded 10 assists across all competitions, contributing significantly to Erik ten Hag’s rookie campaign.

But Eriksen was left behind when Erik ten Hag decided last summer to go from a possession approach to a more transition-based strategy.

In a far smaller role this season, the Dane played 28 games, scoring just once and setting up just three goals.

Crucially, he only started three times in United’s final 17 games of the season, making a significant decrease in his number of starts.

In actuality, he only played for ninety minutes once in 2024, during Crystal Palace’s 4-0 defeat at Selhurst Park.

Eriksen has been included in Denmark’s Euro 2024 team, though, as they look to upset England in group C.

The 32-year-old’s pick has not pleased anyone, including former Everton player Gravesen.

Writing in Danish outlet Tipsbladet, he lambasted Danish coach Kasper Hjulmand’s decision to include Eriksen instead of some younger players.

“He has again selected players who are not in shape, do not have rhythm and do not play on a daily basis,” he said.

“There are players I would much rather see in the national team than some of the players who have been injured or haven’t played at all.”

Gravesen blasted the boss for picking players based on reputation rather than what they have achieved this season.

“We have a player who has helped win the championship in Scotland and we have a player who has dominated the [Danish] Super League. I am of course talking about Matt O’Riley and Nicolai Vallys. Why aren’t they there? The two deserved a chance, but Kasper Hjulmand won’t give it to them.”

“Many of the players who are abroad are sitting on the bench. They don’t play football. They are not in shape.”

Gravesen then turned his fire on United’s Eriksen and seriously questioned the midfielder’s inclusion in the squad.

“Is [Christian Eriksen] at 80 percent? Or is he at 70 percent? Or 50? Or 20? We have no idea, because he doesn’t play, and that’s a problem.”

“Christian Eriksen at top level is an exceptional player, but where is he at the moment?”

This is not the first time that Eriksen has been in the former player’s cross hairs.

To be fair, Gravesen also attacked the United player for being included in the March friendly. However, since then, he has played a lot more, substituting for Casemiro in May when the latter had to shift back to cover at centre back.

The top player’s future at Old Trafford is quite uncertain as multiple reports suggest that he may be sold to create room for younger, more competitive players. However, it has also been said that if Mauricio Pochettino, the former manager of United, takes over as manager in the upcoming weeks, he would be ready to see whether he gets more playing time.

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