Man Utd players must prove we deserve silverware, says Eriksen

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Christian Eriksen helped Manchester United to a 2-0 win over Burnley in the EFL Cup and is targeting silverware this season.

Manchester United’s players must prove they deserve silverware as they continue to battle on multiple fronts under Erik ten Hag, according to midfielder Christian Eriksen.

The Red Devils beat Burnley 2-0 in their return to action on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup, where they face third-tier Charlton Athletic.

The Ten Hag side are also still in the Europa League, although they will be next up with Barcelona in the knockout round of the play-offs, while their FA Cup campaign begins against Everton next month.

Eriksen, who has not won a trophy since his Europa League success in 2016-17, admits United are not in a position to favor certain competitions.

“It’s been a few years since he last won a trophy,” Eriksen, who joined United on a free transfer in July, told talkSPORT.

“From where the club was to where we are now, the aim is to focus on every competition and see where we end up.

“It wasn’t specifically said that we have to win this or that – all the players want to win as much as possible.”

“But to get there we have to prove we deserve to be there first. It’s about every tournament. As you saw against Burnley, the [EFL Cup] is also important for us.”

Eriksen played the full 90 minutes against Burnley and opened the scoring at Old Trafford before Marcus Rashford doubled United’s lead in the second period.

It was United’s first game in six weeks due to the World Cup break that marked the early exit of Eriksen and his subpar Denmark squad at Qatar 2022.

Fifth-placed United now face Nottingham Forest, Wolves and Bournemouth in the week since the Premier League resumes and Eriksen is happy to be playing again.

“I think it’s nice to be back,” he said. “It was important to advance in the cup to the next round and get the feeling that everyone is back and they are going to win.”

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