Manchester United have already forgotten about Cristiano Ronaldo and moved on from his departure, says Christian Eriksen.
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United won their first Premier League game since ripping up Ronaldo’s contract over his interview with Piers Morgan when they beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 on Tuesday.
While Eriksen acknowledged that Ronaldo will always be part of the Red Devils folklore, the Dane conceded that he has already been consigned to history.
‘First of all, we are sad that Ronaldo is not part of it – his legacy and his name at any club is special,’ said Eriksen. ‘For me to be fortunate to play with him in my career was very nice.
‘But the football goes on. You feel that the next game after, people will forget what it was like before and now our focus is really like he is not here.’
Manchester United’s win over Forest lifted to them to within just one point of fourth-placed Tottenham as the club’s revival under Erik ten Hag continued.
Eriksen added: ‘We are in a good place. The start of the season was very different compared to now, the football is different to the beginning.
‘It was a bit hit-and-miss in some games, but I think after that we picked up and we have been building since.
‘You feel that in the group. You feel that the system is working which is something you have to believe in, and I think we are doing that.
‘The atmosphere is good. We have a lot of people coming back from the World Cup, the last guys are coming back and everyone is coming together.
‘It helps winning games and also before we went away for the World Cup, we had a few good wins which makes it easier to come back and start like this.
‘It was the first Premier League game after the World Cup, so obviously it was important to get going again. With a 3-0 win at home, it is a good feeling and a good start.
‘The Burnley game was the same (in the Carabao Cup last week). It took a bit of getting into it, but I think that game showed we didn’t lose anything.’