Christian Eriksen: Manchester United Shouldn't Pursue Danish Midfielder

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2012

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 02:  Christian Eriksen of Ajax in action during the Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and VVV Venlo at Amsterdam Arena on May 2, 2012 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Ajax is discussing £20 million-rated star midfielder Christian Eriksen with Zenit St. Petersburg, but the Danish talent hopes he goes elsewhere.

According to The Daily Mail, Eriksen would like to play for Sir Alex Ferguson next season.

Zenit St Petersburg have begun talks with the Dutch champions over the £20million-rated 20-year-old, according to the Sunday Mirror. But Eriksen is hopeful that United will rival the Russian champions for his signature, given Sir Alex Ferguson's outspoken admiration of him in the past.

Yearning to play for Manchester United is understandable. They are one of the most storied clubs in European football history, but this Red Devil team doesn't need him.

Ferguson already brought Shinji Kagawa into the mix offensively. Manchester United needs a central midfielder, but they need someone to take the holding position. Eriksen is one of Europe's brightest young talents, but he thrives on the attack.

The Red Devils should save the money or use it to address a more dire need. It's always enticing to chase an elite talent, especially if he wants to play for you, but Ferguson needs to deny that desire here.

Adding Eriksen wouldn't necessarily hurt, but the Red Devils will need defense next season to win the English Premier League. Manchester City's offense is wrought with talented attackers, and Manchester United must solidify their outside backs if they want to compete.

They're a very talented squad with only a few holes, but Eriksen wouldn't fill one of those. His tantalizing skills make him tough to turn down, but he wouldn't be a responsible decision right now.