Christian Eriksen was in attendance at Wembley on Sunday as Manchester United lifted the Carabao Cup.
The Dane has not played for the Red Devils since 28 January due to an ankle injury he sustained in an FA Cup victory over Reading. Eriksen was on the receiving end of a robust challenge from Andy Carroll, an incident Erik ten Hag later claimed ‘doesn’t belong on a pitch’.
But Eriksen joined in the post-match celebrations at the weekend as United beat Newcastle United 2-0 thanks to goals from Casemiro and Marcus Rashford, which ended the Red Devils’ nearly six-year spell without a trophy and provided the first piece of silverware of the Ten Hag era.
Speaking to MUTV after the match, Eriksen, who was wearing a protective boot, gave an update on his recovery from injury. "I am feeling well," he said. "It is always boring to be in a boot and to be on crutches, but I have left the crutches and am now only in a boot, and next week that should be gone then finally start learning to walk. But it feels good.
"It’s been nice. Obviously, you want to play. Watching from the stands is more nerve racking than actually playing, but I kept my calm, and it is nice to see how happy they are. I am just happy that we won the game."
Eriksen’s injury just a few days before the January transfer window, coupled with the absences of Scott McTominay and Donny van de Beek, forced United into the market on the deadline day, with Marcel Saitzer arriving on loan from Bayern Munich.
Eriksen is not expected to play again until April or May, but made 31 appearances for the club prior to his injury. In fact, the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder had missed just one game all season before Carroll’s irresponsible lunge in the FA Cup tie.