We don’t need more strikers, Ronaldo stays – Erik ten Hag

Erik Ten Hag

Erik ten Hag says Manchester United want Cristiano Ronaldo to stay and that he is happy with the strikers he currently has. 

Ronaldo came off the bench in Man United’s 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday and after the game Ten Hag reiterated that he wants to keep the 37-year-old. 

He said: “We plan with him. So we want him to stay. So that is what we want.”

The Dutchman also suggested United didn’t need to sign another striker before the end of the window, despite the uncertainty over Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford’s struggles in that role against Southampton.

“I think he [Rashford] was quite effective, especially the first 15 mins after half-time. He understood he has to be a target at times,” said Ten Hag.

“He was the one who creates the situations. He was involved in the situations after half time and he played an important role in our attacks in the first 15 mins after half-time.

“That is what I expected when there is a lot of pressure on the ball that there is a striker that we can play over and he did really well.

“We have Cristiano, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford so we are okay [for strikers].”