Speaking to MUTV after the 2–0 win away at Sheriff Tiraspol, Erik ten Hag said: “Cristiano Ronaldo needed that goal. Many times he came close [in the season so far], but he wanted that so much.
“We are happy for him and the team wanted to bring him a goal. You know that Cristiano will score a penalty. He’s really close, when he gets more fitness he will score more.
“He’s totally committed to this project, totally involved, he also has connections that are coming around him and he is constructing connections so I’m happy with that.”
Ronaldo scored Manchester United’s second goal of the game in the Europa League win on Tuesday night by calmly converting a penalty against Sheriff.
It was the Portuguese’s first goal of the 2022/23 season and the 37-year-old will be hoping for more when the Red Devils return to action in October.