But those harrowing images of his teammates forming a human shield around him as he was treated on the pitch, and of his partner running onto the pitch in tears, are in stark contrast to where Eriksen stands now. It has been a remarkable recovery.
The playmaker was later equipped with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) device, a type of pacemaker intended to prevent fatal cardiac arrests by delivering a shock to restore normal heart rhythm.
Former club Inter Milan terminated his contract — Serie A rules prohibit footballers from playing in Italy’s top division with an ICD equipped — but he refused to give up his ambitions to return to the beautiful game.
The 30-year-old stated in January that his heart was “no obstacle” and he signed with English Premier League club Brentford later that month.
He made his debut for West London in late February – 259 days after he collapsed – and received a roar of applause as he came off the reserve bench in a home defeat to Newcastle, before starting with consecutive wins.
At his best, Eriksen is one of the most creative and effective midfielders in the game.
United manager Erik Ten-Hag is leading a total overhaul at Old Trafford and fans will hope that characters like Eriksen will wipe out years of underperformance.
During his seven years at Tottenham, and his brief stint at Brentford, Eriksen made 237 Premier League appearances, scoring 52 goals and providing 71 assists.
The midfielder has been capped 115 times for Denmark and has scored 38 goals for his country.
“Manchester United is a special club and I can’t wait to get started,” Eriksen said in a statement released Friday. “I’ve had the privilege of playing at Old Trafford many times, but to do it in United’s red shirt will be a great feeling.”
“I have seen Erik’s work at Ajax and know the level of detail and preparation that he and his staff put into every day. It is clear that he is a fantastic coach,” he added.
“After talking to him and learning more about his vision and the way he wants the team to play, I am even more excited for the future. I still have big ambitions in the game, there is a huge amount what I know I can achieve.” , and this is the perfect place to continue my journey.”