Cristiano Ronaldo breaks silence after Man Utd brace with emotional Old Trafford post
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed Ronaldo a start in his first appearance back at Old Trafford since departing to Real Madrid in 2009.
And the 36-year-old inevitably made a big impact by scoring two of the goals in the thumping of former United defender Steve Bruce’s side.
The most surprising aspect of Ronaldo’s performance was that it took him until first half added-time to score his first goal since completing his £20million move from Juventus.
Mason Greenwood’s cut inside from the right wing and saw his effort parried by Freddie Woodman. Ronaldo was on hand to tap home.
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“Along with all my team-mates and with the amazing support that we always get from the stands, we face the road ahead with confidence and optimism that we’ll all be celebrating together in the end.
“Proud to be back at Man United and playing in the Premier League once again, but above all, happy to help the team! Let’s go, Devils!”
United completed the incredible return of Ronaldo on transfer deadline day, culminating a remarkable saga.
The 36-year-old decided to leave Juventus after three years in Italy. Manchester City reportedly led the race to seal a controversial transfer for the United legend.
But the Red Devils jumped ahead of the queue and on August 27 announced a deal in principle had been agreed to bring Ronaldo back to the club 12 years after he left for Real in a then-world record transfer.
The paperwork was finalised four days later.
Ronaldo started in a front three for United against Newcastle, alongside Greenwood and fellow big-money summer arrival Jadon Sancho.
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