Goals from Diogo Dalot, Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo gave Manchester United a 3-0 win over FC Sheriff on Thursday evening in the Europa League.
The ultimately comfortable win set up an enticing group decider with Real Sociedad, to be played in San Sebastian next Thursday afternoon.
Erik ten Hag praised Cristiano Ronaldo’s perseverance after the Manchester United star came in from the cold to score on his return last night.
Ronaldo, who was banished from the first-team squad for refusing to come on as a substitute against Tottenham last week and leaving Old Trafford early, finally struck in the 81st minute after missing a string of chances and having a goal disallowed.
Asked about Ronaldo’s performance after the match, Ten Hag told BT Sport: “Yeah, great. He created and the team creates for him.
“We know he has the capabilities to finish. He needed a goal to get over a dead point I would say and then more will come, I am confident of that.”
‘He didn’t give up,’ said Ten Hag. ‘I think that’s what he’s done his whole career, and in the end he got his reward for it.
The result sees United qualify for the knockout stage, but their automatic spot in the round of 16 depends on whether they can top Group E.
Real Sociedad’s 2-0 victory over Omonia Nicosia means Ten Hag’s side must win by at least two goals in Spain on November 3 to finish first and avoid a two-legged play-off tie against a third-placed Champions League side in February.