Man United planning for Ronaldo keep – Ten Hag

Erik ten Hag continues to insist he expects Cristiano Ronaldo will keep at Manchester United this season and vowed he might be content material if the membership don’t usher in a striker earlier than Thursday’s switch deadline.

United secured back-to-back victories for the primary time since February on Saturday as Bruno Fernandes’ Fifty fifth-minute volley was sufficient to earn a 1-0 win at Southampton.

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For the second consecutive sport, Ronaldo began on the bench and had solely a peripheral influence as a 68th-minute substitute.

The 37-year-old is believed to be eager on leaving United for a membership within the Champions League with Napoli the newest membership sounded out by Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes over a doable transfer.

However, requested whether or not Ronaldo had performed his final sport for United, Ten Hag reiterated his perception the Portuguese star will stay at Old Trafford.

“We plan with him,” Ten Hag mentioned. “So we want him to stay. That’s what we want. I hope [he stays].”

United are anticipated to signal at the very least one participant earlier than the window closes with talks progressing over a deal for Ajax winger Antony whereas they’re scouring the marketplace for one other ahead.

However, pushed on whether or not he could be glad together with his choices if United fail in that pursuit, Ten Hag mentioned: “We have Cristiano Ronaldo, we have Anthony Martial, we have Marcus Rashford so we are OK.”

United had misplaced their seven earlier Premier League away video games earlier than beating Southampton in a match the place they have been compact with out ever reaching the identical heights as their 2-1 win over Liverpool 5 days earlier.

“There is a lot of room for improvement, that is quite clear,” Ten Hag added. “For me it is normal. When you come in a season it is always tough. That is one. The second is I’m new, the cooperation with the team is new, it’s a new way of play.

“Lots of new components and won’t go 100% from the beginning, however we have now to get outcomes and win video games. That is what we did as we speak and I’m proud of that. We’re far more conscious of what are the legal guidelines of soccer. What we convey on the pitch I’m actually proud of that.”

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