Rashford leads tributes to Ronaldo after scoring on second debut

‘It’s like he never left’: Marcus Rashford leads the tributes to Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring TWICE on his second debut at Manchester United against Newcastle as delighted supporters admit: ‘It had to be him’

  • Cristiano Ronaldo netted on his Man United homecoming against Newcastle  
  • The Portuguese superstar tapped home from close range to put United ahead 
  • He then added a second after Newcastle’s equaliser by calmly slotting home 
  • Social media raved about his achievement so quickly into his second spell 
  • Marcus Rashford said it was ‘like he never left’ while others claimed it was fate  

Marcus Rashford led the tributes to Cristiano Ronaldo on social media after the Portuguese superstar netted twice on his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle on Saturday.

Supporters had been eagerly awaiting his appearance at Old Trafford, with thousands gathering wearing his classic No 7 shirt and hoping to catch a glimpse of him in the stadium after sealing his fairytale return from Juventus for £12million.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threw him straight into the mix by naming him in the starting XI as the main striker in front of Bruno Fernandes, and Ronaldo repaid his faith by tapping home against the Magpies in the first half to make it 1-0. 

Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed the dream second debut for Manchester United against Newcastle

The forward netted twice – first tapping home from Mason Greenwood’s rebound to break the deadlock at Old Trafford

There was certainly a feeling of inevitability about the goal, and his new team-mate Marcus Rashford was the first to offer his congratulations as he tweeted: ‘It’s like he never left,’ accompanied by a clapping emoji.

Match of the Day host also chimed in to the delirium on social media, writing: ‘Ronaldo scores. Of course he does.’

Ronaldo also had sportsmen outside of football delighted as former sprinting champion Usain Bolt simply wrote: ‘Yessss.’

Former Canadian women’s footballer Kaylyn Kyle said: ‘Ronaldo… was there any other way to write the story.’ 

The Portuguese superstar celebrates with his new team-mates after breaking the deadlock

Fans were also struggling to contain their excitement after watching the legendary former Juventus and Real Madrid star find the back of the net.

One wrote: ‘That’s the most Ronaldo goal… his anticipation is just mad,’ while another said: ‘It had to be him!’

Others hailed him as ‘the goat’, while one user said he would ‘always find a way to do his thing’. 

Ronaldo wasn’t satisfied with just the one strike – as he quickly added a second after Javier Manquillo had equalised for the away side. 

After being played into the clear by Luke Shaw, he drove forwards before calmly slotting into the far corner. 

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