Erik ten Hag is hoping Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals will ‘flow’ after he scored the 700th goal of his club career in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Everton.
Ronaldo came off the bench at Goodison Park and scored his second goal of the season, completing the impressive milestone.
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The 37-year-old has seen his playing options limited so far this season but Ten Hag believes the winner against Everton could trigger a purple stain in front of goal.
“Every player needs that [confidence] Even if you’re the best in the world, you need it, you need the goals,” Ten Hag said at a news conference. “Once they have some goals, they come easier and then the goals come in a flow.
“It’s really impressive when you score 700 goals, a tremendous achievement. I’m really happy for him and I congratulate him on that. I’m also really happy that it’s his first goal of the season in the Premier League. I’m sure it will be there are more goals.” will get him.”
The win for United put them fifth in the table, a point off the top four. It was a crucial win after the 6-3 defeat by Manchester City a week ago and an awkward night against Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League on Thursday.
“Criticism is normal when you lose, especially in an important game in a derby, so we have to deal with it and then you learn the lessons and we did that on Thursday and today,” added Ten Hag added.
“The first 35 minutes were good, with and without possession. We had one setback, one goal but I think we reacted a lot better and made a turn before half-time, so really good.”
The only downside for United was another injury to Anthony Martial. The Frenchman made his first start of the season after missing games with hamstring and Achilles problems but limped after just 28 minutes.
“I have to see,” said Ten Hag. “I can’t tell what it is, how serious it is. Let’s wait the first 24 hours to see how serious it is and then I can give an answer.”
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