United are thought to have made a play for the attacking midfielder and Erik ten Hag is keen to bring him to the club as part of his new project.
But there were fears Tottenham were in the driving seat to re-sign the 30-year-old until his representatives revealed there had been no contact from Spurs for over two weeks.
Bees boss Thomas Frank is hoping for clarification within the next two weeks with Brentford prepared to make Eriksen the highest-paid player in the club’s history.
But United’s interest in Eriksen is long-standing and stems way further back than Ten Hag’s appointment at the club.
He was considered by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on multiple occasions before he left Tottenham for Inter Milan in January 2020 – a move that saw him win the Scudetto under Antonio Conte.
Spurs must now decide whether they want to firm up their interest with a formal offer for Eriksen.
Should they enter the fray, it could be an unexpected late curveball that could blow both United and Brentford out of the water.