Cristiano Ronaldo STARTS for Manchester United against Newcastle

Cristiano Ronaldo STARTS for Manchester United against Newcastle as he looks to cap dream return to Old Trafford with a goal on his second debut

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in Man United’s starting XI vs Newcastle 
  • It is the dream start of second stint at Old Trafford after signing from Juventus 
  • The forward will be hoping to get on the scoresheet in front of excited fans  

It’s the news Manchester United fans had been crossing their fingers for – Cristiano Ronaldo has been picked to start on his second debut against Newcastle at Old Trafford in a dream return to the Premier League.

Ronaldo’s sensational homecoming has been the story of the summer with football fans rejoicing and toasting his comeback to English football after leaving Juventus for around £12million, and now all eyes will be on the 36-year-old as he looks to continue his fabulous career.

His new boss and old team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had given a strong hint that Ronaldo would be given a starting berth against the Magpies – assuring fans that he would definitely be involved at some stage – and now the team will be looking to the legendary star to make things happen and inspire a win.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in United’s starting XI vs Newcastle on his second debut

Supporters will be dreaming of more memorable moments for the forward at Old Trafford

Old Trafford was a picture of delight before kick off as fans awaited their hero’s arrival 

It always seemed inevitable Ronaldo would get the nod as farms swarmed to the stadium wearing his iconic No 7 shirt and looking to catch a glimpse of their hero as he arrived ready for the 3pm kick-off.

Solskjaer decided to go with Ronaldo as his main forward in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Steve Bruce’s men, with his countryman Bruno Fernandes supporting him just behind and Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho on the wings.

All three of United’s big summer signings were in the line-up with Raphael Varane lining up alongside skipper Harry Maguire. 

His team-mates will be hoping for an instant impact from Ronaldo against the Magpies

Ronaldo has been pictured strutting his stuff in his first week of training after a period of isolation at his Cheshire mansion following international duty with Portugal last week – where he netted a double to clinch a late win over the Republic of Ireland.

Solskjaer stressed it was important to ‘manage’ his star No 7 to get the best out of him and insisted there was mutual respect between them.  

‘He’ll definitely be on the pitch at some point, that’s for sure,’ said the United boss. ‘He’s been having a good pre-season with Juventus, he’s played with the national team, and had a good week with us.

The superstar has been working hard in training after joining the squad at Carrington

His boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted he could start and said he would definitely be involved

‘We’ve got mutual respect for each other but he knows I’ve got to make the decisions when to play him and when not to play him. It’s my job to manage him.

‘I want to get the best out of Cristiano and that comes from communication. We spent a few years together at the club and we know each other. He doesn’t need me to tell him what to do, he’s already had the determination and desire to be the best.

‘Ryan Giggs played until 40 and I wouldn’t be surprised if Cristiano ends up with the same age as Ryan.’

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