Cristiano Ronaldo scores on second Manchester United debut against Newcastle
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored on his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle on Saturday. The Portugal international recently returned to the club from Juventus. And he’s now up and running in the Premier League again after notching just before half time.
Manchester United and Newcastle lock horns today in the Premier League, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side looking to clock up a third win from four matches.
Before the game, supporters inside Old Trafford gave Ronaldo a huge ovation.
And the Portugal international is now off the mark for the Red Devils again, with the 36-year-old tapping home from close range.
Mason Greenwood’s powerful shot was parried invitingly into his path, with Ronaldo then doing the rest.
And it means United head into the break 1-0 in front, despite being far from their best against Steve Bruce’s dogged outfit.
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Speaking before the match kicked off, Ronaldo insisted he was back at the club to win trophies.
“This is why I am here. I am not here for a vacation,” he told MUTV.
“As I told you, before was good, winning important things and I wore the shirt before many years ago, but I am here to win again.
“I am capable, me and my team-mates. I am ready to go, I am ready to go. It is a good chance for me, for the supporters, for the club, to get one step ahead.
“I am ready and I think I will be a huge thing in the next three or four years.”
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And his former team-mate, Rio Ferdinand, thinks he’s capable of taking the Premier League by storm again.
“If I’m Rashford and Greenwood, I’m the happiest kids on the planet right now,” he said.
“They have the opportunity to work with someone like Cristiano that you never thought would have been possible, someone ambitious and ridiculous.
“I think they have to be like sponges, they have to be students.
“They have to watch him. I’d become obsessed with him if I was a kid there.
“It doesn’t matter what position you’re playing in but if you’re a striker, then you’re obsessed.
“I’d be watching him thinking ‘I’m a weirdo’ because you want to just know and see what he does to be the best and stay at the top there for so many years.”
And he then added: “I felt that as a defender, as long as we kept a clean sheet, we would always have a chance because at some point in the game, he would get an opportunity and he scores.
“We always felt like that, we just had pure confidence.
“They’ve got the opportunity to do that this season, with Ronaldo, with Greenwood, with Rashford, with (Edinson) Cavani, with Sancho, with (Bruno) Fernandes, with (Paul) Pogba.
“I’m reeling off a ridiculous amount of names. But behind that, the other players have to do their job.”
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