Christian Eriksen and Man Utd coach Erik ten Hag

The Danish midfielder has fallen down the pecking order (Image: Getty Images)

Christian Eriksen says he is unhappy with his current reduced role at Manchester United and has spoken to coach Erik ten Hag about the situation.

The Denmark international featured regularly at the start of the season but did not feature in six of United’s last seven Premier League games, with the team claiming five wins in that time to stay back in the race for a place in the Champions League to be.

Casemiro was preferred at the base of midfield, with Kobbie Mainoo or Scott McTominay partnering him and Bruno Fernandes further forward.

Eriksen still has a year left on his contract at Old Trafford and although he has been quite unhappy with his lack of pitch time recently, he understands Ten Hag’s decision and is relaxed about his situation.

Speak with Tipsbladet While on international duty, Eriksen said: “I’ve said before that I’m not happy with not playing, but it’s not something that keeps me up at night.”

“The team performs and you have to respect the role you play next to you.” [the rest of the team].

“For me it was about working hard and focusing on being fit for every game and that’s what I’m doing. “It’s easier to accept my role now than it would have been before.

“I spoke to Erik about how I was unhappy with the situation and wanted to play as much as possible.”

Man Utd star Christian Eriksen

Eriksen in action against Liverpool at the weekend (Image: Getty)

“But I am available and must be available to the team, which I am and always will be.”

Regarding what was said in the conversation, Eriksen continued: “He said it was the team he picked and Kobbie was doing well and the rest of the midfield was doing well too.”

“So there is competition for places, which is to be expected when you play for a top club.” “There is a lot of competition within the team.”

When asked if he respected Ten Hag’s decision, Eriksen replied: “Of course you can worry in the long term because I want to play as much as possible.”

“Of course you don’t always want to sit on the bench. I don’t have that approach, but it’s not something that worries me at the moment.

“When you change teams and win, you often don’t change the winning team, and I respect that.”

Eriksen has one goal and one assist in 16 Premier League games this season, but he made an influential cameo as a substitute on Sunday in the FA Cup quarter-final against Liverpool, as the Red Devils secured their place at Wembley .

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