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Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen says he held talks with three previous Manchester United managers about a potential move before finally joining the club this summer.
The former Ajax, Tottenham, Inter Milan and Brentford player has signed a three-year contract at Old Trafford.
Eriksen spoke to ex United bosses Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the timing was wrong.
Eriksen added that new United boss Erik ten Hag was key to him now joining.
“I’ve spoken to every manager who’s been here at Man United to see what the situation was, but the timing wasn’t there” said Eriksen, 30.
“I was at Spurs for a long time and wanted to try something abroad. I went to Inter and ended up having a lovely time.
“But then obviously something happened that changed the career path I had in mind. To be here is something I didn’t think could happen a year ago