Christian Eriksen has responded gracefully when asked whether he seeks revenge for the tackle that led to his ankle injury earlier this season.
After leaving Brentford, the 31-year-old Eriksen joined Manchester United on a free transfer and quickly settled in at Old Trafford.
In an impressive start for the Red Devils, Eriksen scored two goals and provided nine assists before being dealt a major blow in January.
Andy Carroll’s crunching tackle on Eriksen during United’s 3-1 win over Reading in the FA Cup’s fourth round caused the midfielder to suffer a severe ankle injury.
Eriksen was sidelined for over three months due to the injury, but he made his return as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Everton on Saturday.
When reflecting on Carroll’s challenge, Eriksen admitted that he knew right away it could result in a serious injury.
“Yeah, I felt something,” he told theUTD Podcast. “Normally, if you roll your ankle, you feel a bit of awareness and I actually stood up and I felt fine, I felt pretty stable.
“But then I did feel like something else. I felt my calf and higher up. I thought I might just skip it and then we scored so it was like perfect.
“We’re winning 1-0 against Reading so let’s call it a day and hopefully it’s nothing serious. But then it was.”
Eriksen asked if he wants revenge
When asked if he is the type of person to want to seek revenge for the challenge, Eriksen gave a graceful response.
“No, I’m not that type of person,” he added. “Maybe in ’99 it was different but no, not that. I don’t have that [little black book], no.
“For me, it was more the thing I was surprised he didn’t get a yellow card or anything like that. ‘What is this?’ But, no, I’m not in that way [of getting revenge].”
Eriksen could continue his comeback when United face Sevilla in their Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday.
Erik ten Hag’s side then face Nottingham Forest away from home in the Premier League on Sunday.