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The Moment Brandon Williams Realised It Was Christian Eriksen Who Rugby-Tackled Him, They'll Now Be Teammates

Daniel Marland

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The Moment Brandon Williams Realised It Was Christian Eriksen Who Rugby-Tackled Him, They'll Now Be Teammates

Ahead of Christian Eriksen's transfer to Manchester United, it's worth remembering one of the most wholesome moments in Premier League history.

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The Denmark international has accepted United's contract offer and is expected to finalise a move to Old Trafford later this week.

Eriksen returned to the Premier League with Brentford on a short-term deal in January and came up against Brandon Williams, who was on loan at Norwich City back in March.

Williams knocked the ball past Eriksen, who decided to haul his opponent down to prevent a counter.

The combative Williams responded by grabbing Eriksen's shirt, before realising who it was.

Williams then gave him a hug while on the ground with a cheeky grin.

Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during Euro 2020 and many wondered if he would ever play again.

England U21 international Williams discussed the incident in an interview with Sky Sports and joked Eriksen 'needed a hug' after returning to English football.

"Obviously, it was just a moment that happened, it was just instincts," the full-back explained.

"I got past him and I felt him pull me down, so we was on the attack and I was really angry.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

"I was going to…hold him but I know what he’s been through, and it’s incredible what he’s done, and he’s back now.

"It was something special for him to be on the pitch for himself, and to be involved in that, I felt like he needed a hug.

"It’s something that no player wants to go through, it was amazing that he’s back and he’s a top quality player and I’m sure he’ll be back to his best very soon."

The duo will now be teammates and could line-up alongside one another on the first day of the season.

Eriksen will be United's second signing of the summer after Tyrell Malacia, who is expected to join from Feyenoord in the next few days.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

Talks are ongoing with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong, while Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez remains a target.

Martinez, who has worked with ten Hag before, is also on Arsenal's radar.

United's summer business could be overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo's desire to leave.

Ronaldo has asked for a 'significant offer' to be accepted as he wishes to play Champions League football.

The Red Devils stress Ronaldo is not for sale and expect him to fulfil the final year of his contract, but he did not report for pre-season training on Monday due to 'family reasons'.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Manchester United, Christian Eriksen, Brandon Williams, Premier League

Daniel Marland
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