Greatest Cristiano Ronaldo Back. Bring victory for Manchester United after 4507 days.
Everything was exactly as it used to be, as if nothing had ever changed, as if he had never been away. Cristiano Ronaldo had scored, again. Manchester United was winning, again. The fans were exulting, again. He was home, at last, and so were they. In the same old place, MANCHESTER, England.
Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo opened up after his much-anticipated second debut for Manchester United where he netted a brace to guide his team to a comfortable 4-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday. Ronaldo who rejoined the Premier League giants after 12 years produced a stellar performance on his comeback.
The 36-year-old received a thunderous reception from the home fans at the Old Trafford as Ronaldo himself claimed it was unbelievable for him as he was nervous while starting the game.
United fans have been desperate for Ronaldo to return since he left in 2009, singing his name during the years when he wore the white of Real Madrid and black-and-white stripes of Juventus. The club tried and failed on numerous occasions to tempt him back to Manchester, so this was a day that many had begun to feel would never happen.
After 4507 days, Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in an amazing way. Long before kick-off, fans in No. 7 shirts were singing Ronaldo's name around Old Trafford and they were not to be left disappointed.
After United had struggled for 45 minutes to break down an obdurate Newcastle team, Ronaldo appeared to tap in the opening goal. What matters is that, after Newcastle had tied the score, Ronaldo peeled off into enough space to pick up a pass from Luke Shaw, burst into the box, and rattle a shot straight through Freddie Woodman, the Newcastle goalkeeper. What matters is that Ronaldo, on his own, makes Old Trafford certain again.
They were pegged back on 56 minutes when Javier Manquillo equalised for the visitors on the counterattack. Manchester United's players were caught out of position and Manquillo scored with a fine effort across the face of goal.
But United were soon back in front, Ronaldo getting on the scoresheet for the second time in the 62nd minute. Luke Shaw powered into the Newcastle half before poking the ball through to Ronaldo, who took a touch before shooting past Woodman.
Bruno Fernandes joined his Portuguese compatriot on the scoresheet with a long-range goal with 10 minutes remaining after being picked out by Paul Pogba. Substitute Jesse Lingard added to the celebration with a well-taken shot from inside the box after more good work from Pogba as the Old Trafford faithful headed home to the refrain of "Viva Ronaldo."
"When you win a game you enjoy it. When you see fans being happy you really enjoy it. There were loads of expectations today. They all delivered," Solskjaer said. "Cristiano Ronaldo has developed into a fantastic goal scorer. He played a very good game, He dropped in, linked play well."
“I didn’t expect they would sing all game my name so I was very nervous. Maybe it didn’t show, but I was. The reception is incredible, but I’m here to win games, to help the team and get the club back where they deserve,” Ronaldo told the media after the match.
The legendary footballer further claims that he belongs to Manchester United and is proud to return to the club.