Christian Eriksen

Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen knows that he and his fellow midfielders must score more goals for Erik ten Hag’s side, as the Dane finally got off the mark for his new club.

United left it late to secure all three points against Fulham, as Alejandro Garnacho scored his second goal for the club in dramatic fashion to send his side into the World Cup break on a high.

Christian Eriksen opened the scoring for the Reds in the 14th minute, as the Dane got on the end of Bruno Fernandes’ ever-so slightly deflected cross to the back-post to net his first goal for the club.

The Cottagers came back into the match as time went on, and it was former Red Daniel James who brought the two sides level on the hour-mark, following his second-half introduction. As time started to run out, it appeared that Ten Hag’s side were set to walk away with just a point, until Garnacho’s vital intervention.

The 18-year-old burst into the box and got ahead of Bobby Decordova-Reid, showcasing his electric acceleration before calmly firing past former Arsenal shot-stopper Bernd Leno in goal with a left-footed strike to the bottom corner.

Garnacho wheeled away in jubilant celebration, as the full-time whistle confirmed United would be taking all three points back to Manchester.

Eriksen’s goal may well have come later than he had hoped, but the Dane knows just how vital it was to get his goalscoring account up and running for his side, with United’s midfielders failing to find the net as often as they would have liked this season.

Speaking to the club’s in-house media in October, he said: “As midfielders I think we need to get more goals to help the team and really make the games easier to play. It’s a good start… I’m late [with my first goal], but if the guys keep scoring then we’ll be fine.”

The former Brentford man will naturally be delighted with his first goal, but is also wary of his side leaving games until the last minute, as they did against Fulham, something that Ten Hag will be eager for his side to change.

He said: “Of course, we’d prefer to finish the games off earlier. But at the moment we’re doing what we can and some last-minute goals always feel better, even when it’s a draw. Obviously the main thing is not losing.

“We’re getting more and more comfortable and getting more belief that we can win games.”

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