Christian Eriksen admits his current situation with Manchester United was the stuff of dreams this time last year when he was easing his way back into football at Brentford after eight months out of the game.
“Looking back, a year ago, I was dreaming about where I am today,” replied Eriksen.
“I’m enjoying it – I did a year ago, but I’m doing it even more now. To go as far as possible will be fun. And here we are now, already with a trophy, with aims for two more, it’ll be good fun.”
Less than three months later, the elegant midfielder is back in business and he made his first start since the injury last Sunday when helping United to win 2-0 away to Nottingham Forest in the Premier League.
“I was surprised he [Carroll] didn’t get a yellow card,” said Christian, when asked about the incident.
“At the time I didn’t think it was as bad so I didn’t fear for the season. I was more concerned about when [in the season] I was going to be back. The medical staff has done very well, they’ve kept me in good shape and now it’s like I never left so it’s a positive for the medical staff.”
Now that Sabitzer is available again, having traveled to Spain in Ten Hag’s 21-man squad, there’s a chance the Dane and Austrian could start in the same side with fellow midfielder Bruno Fernandes taking a rare turn out of the team due to suspension.
“Marcel has done unbelievable while I’ve been away,” praised Eriksen.
“Everyone tries to do their job, tries to fit in as well as possible. Fred has done well, and Scott [McTominay] when he was playing.
“I think I’ve played with them all but I’ve only trained a few times with Marcel because he came in after I was injured. He’s a very good player.”
“I didn’t even know we had that many games without losing but it’s something shortly, when Bruno isn’t suspended, that we want to keep going.
“I think this midfield is one of the best I’ve been part of. As I said after the [Forest] game, they are two very good football players so for me it’s easy and I think for anyone to fill in that extra gap between them has been easy.
“We’re missing Bruno tomorrow but when I was away, someone had to pick my duties up and it will be the same tomorrow. Someone will have to pick up the gap that he’s leaving behind.”