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Christian Eriksen explains why he joined Manchester United

United made Eriksen their second signing of the summer in July when they edged out the competition to sign the playmaker on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract at Brentford. Eriksen had joined the Bees in January as he made a miraculous return to football.

Just six months earlier, the Dane suffered a cardiac arrest while representing his country on the pitch in a Euro 2020 group game against Finland. Eriksen survived the ordeal but had to be released from his contract at reigning Serie A champions Inter as players with defibrillators fitted are forbidden from taking to the pitch in Italy.

That opened the door for Brentford to bring the 30-year-old in on a short-term contract and he immediately showed he hadn't missed a step despite all the upheaval he has faced. Eriksen's contributions were vital in the London side's Premier League survival.

Though Brentford were desperate to keep hold of him, Eriksen decided he wanted to work his way back up to the level he was at before the incident which is why he chose to move to Old Trafford. I had enough [opportunities]. I had enough options to choose from, but it was all about finding the right one, he told Bold.dk.

Of course, Brentford wanted me to stay, but I would say where I am in my career I had the opportunity to step up to what I had dreamed of and hoped for. I wanted to kick-start my career by coming to an even bigger address [club], and I succeeded.