Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal against Sheriff Tiraspol last night.
Yesterday’s goal was Ronaldo’s first of the season from his third start this 2022/23 campaign.
He missed the pre-season tour with Ten Hag due to personal reasons and was the subject of speculation this summer window.
That resulted in a slow start to the new campaign but Ten Hag was pleased to see his commitment last night.
Ten Hag said in the post-match press conference: “We could expect this when you miss pre-season so he has to work really hard and invest to get the right fitness then he will score more goals.
“You can see he is really close when he gets fitter he will finish them. I think (he is) totally committed to this project and totally committed to this team, totally involved.
“You see also connections coming around him and he is constructing connections so I am happy with that.”
He added on MUTV: “He needed that goal. He was close many times. You (could) see he wanted that so much (but) every time a foot was in between or it got a deflection or a misunderstanding.
“We’re happy for him and the team wanted him to bring the goal, so that’s good.”