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Man United’s Christian Eriksen admits he was disappointed by the crowd’s cheers at Brentford’s return

Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen has revealed he was disappointed to be booed by his former club Brentford earlier this season.

Brentford signed Eriksen on a free transfer in January, with the club giving the Dane his first chance at senior football since suffering cardiac arrest in June 2021.

The playmaker’s time in west London was a huge success. Not only did he contribute a goal and four assists in his 11 Premier League appearances, he also won praise for his passing, vision and style of play throughout the game.

The 30-year-old opted to turn down a new deal from Thomas Franks Bees and instead joined Old Trafford this summer.

On his return to the Gtech Community Stadium, he was booed when his name was mentioned as part of United’s starting line-up ahead of his side’s grueling 4-0 defeat in the second week of the season. He was also mocked for touching the ball during the game.

“It was a bit of a mix. They were very happy when they were about to win 4-0 and then people jumped,” Eriksen told Danish media house Tipsbladet.

“It was easy to boo. It’s not something I remember as a good thing. You can rotate it however you like.

“Either way. When people choose to boo, it certainly sounds like it.

The former Tottenham and Inter Milan star was to blame for one of the goals Erik ten Hag’s side conceded against Brentford, meaning they suffered back-to-back defeats at the start of the new season.

Mathias Jensen stole the ball from Eriksen when he tried to play the ball out from behind and scored the Bees’ second goal home.

United have since won their next four league games, including victories over rivals Liverpool and Arsenal.

Eriksen added: “There were no personal mistakes like there was against Brentford where David (De Gea) and I made mistakes and then we were 2-0 down after five minutes.

“Now we’re back at the top with some great 1-0 wins, which was good for us.”

Eriksen is currently on international duty ahead of the last two Nations League games with Denmark.

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