Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has mainly used Christian Eriksen as a central midfielder since the player arrived at Old Trafford as a free agent in 2022.

The Denmark international initially started his career as an attacking midfielder before he was moved further away from the goal in last three years.

Viaplay had a chat the Manchester United star, during which he explained how the transition took place under Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.

His comments are relayed by Tipsbladet.

Eriksen spent over six years at Tottenham Hotspur before moving to the San Siro in January 2020.

Conte didn’t want to use the 31-year-old as a No.10 and moved him to a central midfield position at Inter.

Since leaving the Serie A side, the Dane has been at Brentford and Manchester United, and has continued to mainly operate as No.8 at these two clubs. Eriksen has insisted he has no complaints with this transition.

“It has come naturally. It started when I moved to Italy, where Conte down there didn’t like me as much as a 10, so I was moved a bit further back. And it ultimately became my position there, and I have enjoyed it,” he said.

“When I came here [Manchester United] it was the same, where I tried to ‘fit in’ and tried to get the team to play better.”

The Manchester United player has also explained the advantage he has while operating as a central midfielder.

“When you are further back, you are more or less on the ball. The more touches you have on the ball, the more you can not only take control, but also create movements around you with or without the ball. I have always been a player who is better with than without the ball – and it is a position where you get the ball more,” Eriksen explained.

When asked if he would ever operate as a central defender, Eriksen laughed said “no chance”.