Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo is “totally committed” to the Red Devils.
Ronaldo was heavily linked with a move away from the 20-times English champions over the summer, with the Portugal international determined to continue playing in the Champions League this term.
However, the transfer window ended with the 37-year-old still at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo has found it tough to secure starts in the Premier League this term following to the form of Marcus Rashford, however, he has been in the first XI for the Red Devil’s opening two Europa League games.
The Portuguese forward has found back of the net for the first time this season in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol, scoring from the penalty spot in the 39th minute of the contest.
Speaking after the clash in Moldova, Ten Hag believed that Ronaldo is “totally committed to this project” and insisted that the attacker would “score more goals” as he continues to build his fitness.
“He’s totally committed to this project, totally committed to this team, totally involved, he also has connections that are coming around him and he is constructing connections so I’m happy with that,” Ten Hag told reporters.
“We could expect this when you miss pre-season, he has to work really hard and invest to get the right fitness. He will score more goals. He’s really close, when he gets more fitness he will score more.”
Ronaldo was not involved in the Red Devils’ pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia following to a personal issue, and he only played one friendly match for the team ahead of the 2022-23 season.