Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag believes that Cristiano Ronaldo will now start scoring freely again after grabbing the 700th goal of his club career.
The iconic number seven came off the bench to score the winner in United’s 2-1 win at Everton on Sunday night – his first Premier League goal of the season.
Ronaldo has just one league start under the Ten Hag as he missed much of pre-season and Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial preferred up top, but the Dutchman expects the goals to “flow” now.
“It’s really impressive when you score 700 goals,” Ten Hag said after the game. “It’s a great performance and I’m really happy for him.
“I’m also happy that it’s his first Premier League goal of the season. He had to wait for it.
“I’m sure more goals will come. Every player needs that. Even if you’re the best in the world, you need goals.”
“I’ve worked with many goalscorers and they need goals every season to confirm their intuition.
“Once they have the goals, they come in a flow and the games go easier. That will happen with him as well.”
despite this public show of confidence, Ten Hag is open to Ronaldo leaving in the January transfer window.
Ten Hag is happy with Ronaldo’s training level contrary to other reports, though is becoming increasingly frustrated at the attention the forward receives whether he plays or not.