Man United head coach Erik ten Hag believes that the team looked better with Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch during their 2-1 opening day loss to Brighton. Ronaldo started on the bench after missing out on a large chunk of their pre-season citing family reasons. He has also made his intentions clear to the board that he wants to move in search of Champions League football.
“I think so. It was clear to see that in the second half, we were better in midfield with Eriksen down and Ronaldo up. Then we created and Rashford had two really good chances. It’s a pity we didn’t score them for 2-2,” Erik ten Hag said about Cristiano Ronaldo. “It [Ronaldo’s fitness] takes time, you cannot force it. He has had one week of training so is a little bit more and he has to do more to get fit. This game will help him with 35/40 minutes. Now we have one week and he will be better next week.”
“It is definitely a setback, a real disappointment, but we have to deal with it. I knew from the start that it wouldn’t be easy, it’s a process and takes time, but we don’t have time. We have to win games and we should have done better,” he added. “It was unnecessary. We gave too many easy balls away and the organization was a big mistake. It was not the way we made it out, we made it clear how to deal with certain situations when we drop in. But that happens, we have to analyze and take the lessons from it. It’s not that we didn’t battle or we didn’t have the right attitude, we made mistakes on the ball, passing mistakes, organizational mistakes, and in defending.”
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