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Sat 27 August 2022 | 15:41

Ten Hag expects new Manchester United signings while keeping Ronaldo

Manchester United kept their winning run after a 1-0 away victory at Southampton, building on the 2-1 victory they achieved last week over their arch-rivals, Liverpool. Although Cristiano Ronaldo was benched in both of the matches, United's boss is eager to keep Portuguese at Old Trafford.

After back-to-back defeats in their two opening Premier League games against

Brighton

and Brentford,

the Red Devils

now bagged 6 points from their last two matches as Fernandes’ 55th-minute goal sealed a 1-0 victory for the visitors on Saturday.

Erik ten Hag

told his post-match interview with

BT Sport:

"I think they learned some lessons from Brentford, it's quite clear. We were compact on their long balls, so that was quite good.

"Of course, we are really happy with this result and also the goal we made. We also made two or three more really good chances, but you hope that you keep more control in the last 30 minutes of the game.

"Don't forget that before half-time we already had the biggest chance of the game, and it was three in one play! I was satisfied and at the start of the game, with better decisions and switches of play, we could have created more.

"But it's the start of the season. It's tough. You have to get into the season, and you have to fight and battle and we did that, then you get rewarded."

 

Cristiano Ronaldo

continues to be linked with an exit while United is reportedly chasing Eredivisie duo Antony and

Cody Gakpo

. On his expectations in the ending days of the summer transfer window, the Dutchman added:

"We plan with him, we stick to the plan.

"If a good player is available, we will strike, because we want to strengthen the squad always. We will be alert until the last second of the window."

 

Bruno Fernandes

scored a terrific goal to guide United to a 1-0 win at St Mary's, with the Red Devils boss hailing the

Portuguese's

well-worked strike as the style of football he wants to implement at Old Trafford.

"

It was a fantastic finish and I'm really happy for him, his first goal of the season, which is really good,"

Ten Hag said.

"But I think it was the best part from us, straight after half-time. That is what we demand, you get movement around, and straight after half-time we created three really good chances.

"That is how I see football, how I want us to play.

"There is still room for improvement, to control more, break more or keep better positions in some stages of the game. We are not that long in our way, like every team, but there we can improve."

Manchester United will travel to

Leicester City

on Thursday for their next Premier League match.

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source: BT Sport



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