But these heartbreaking images of his teammates forming a human shield around him as he was treated on the pitch, and of his partner running down the pitch in tears, stand in stark contrast to Eriksen’s current situation. It was a remarkable recovery.

The playmaker was then fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), a type of pacemaker intended to prevent fatal cardiac arrests by discharging a jolt to restore a regular heartbeat.

Former club Inter Milan have terminated their contract – Serie A rules do not allow footballers to play in Italy’s top division with an ICD fitted – but they have refused to give up on their ambitions to return to the club. Nice game.

The 30-year-old said in January his heart was “no obstacle” and he signed for English Premier League club Brentford later that month.

He made his debut for the west London side at the end of February – 259 days after his collapse – receiving enthusiastic applause as he left the substitutes’ bench in a home loss to Newcastle, before to start with consecutive victories. .

At his best, Eriksen is one of the most creative and effective midfielders in the game.

United manager Erik Ten-Hag is leading a total overhaul at Old Trafford and fans are hoping figures like Eriksen will reverse years of underperformance.

During his seven years at Tottenham and his brief stint at Brentford, Eriksen made 237 Premier League appearances, scoring 52 goals and providing 71 assists.

The midfielder was capped 115 times for Denmark, scoring 38 goals for his country.

“Manchester United are a special club, and I can’t wait to get started,” Eriksen said in a statement on Friday. “I’ve had the privilege of playing at Old Trafford on several occasions, but to do it in United’s red shirt will be an incredible feeling.”

“I’ve seen Erik’s work at Ajax and I know the level of detail and preparation he and his team put in every day. It’s clear he’s a fantastic coach,” he said. added.

“After speaking with him and learning more about his vision and the way he wants the team to play, I’m even more excited for the future. I still have big ambitions in the game, there’s a huge amount of things I know I can accomplish, and it’s the perfect place to continue my journey.”

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