The playmaker earned a six-month deal with the Bees after proving his fitness and he made a considerable impact with the Bees, scoring his first goal in a stunning 4-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. His performances proved he had not shown any signs of decline in general or his fitness despite his major health scare.
And it soon became apparent that Brentford would struggle to hold onto him as clubs began to circle, with United the most attractive position. “I will do what I can [to keep him] but it’s down to Christian, where it’s like everything if you decide to go to one club or another, you buy that house or another house, you take that job or another job,” Frank said back in March.
Sure enough, nearly three years on from when United last tried to sign him, he is now set to link up with the Red Devils and new head coach Erik ten Hag on a three-year deal worth £150,000-a-week after verbally agreeing the contract.
While Eriksen might have liked to have kept his promise, he had already broken it when he joined Brentford, and the opportunity to play under a manager enshrined in Ajax’s football philosophy is an attractive proposition that few would want to deny him after what he has been through.