Ronaldo Marks Stunning Manchester United Return With Two Goal Haul
As the Reds ran out 4-1 winners against Newcastle United on a glorious afternoon at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo marked his return to Manchester United in the only way he knows how – by scoring goals.
As United struggled to break down Newcastle, Ronaldo’s goal on the stroke of half-time was exactly what they needed.
Mason Greenwood, who had scored three goals in his first three games, hit a right-foot shot that Freddie Woodman was unable to hold onto, which Ronaldo took advantage of to the delight of a bouncing Old Trafford crowd.
In the 56th minute, Javier Manquillo equalized for Newcastle after a breakaway, but the no.7 scored again six minutes later in front of a jubilant Stretford End.
Bruno Fernandes added a beautiful third 10 minutes from time, before Jesse Lingard rounded off the win with a brilliant finish in injury time.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with the second debut of the talismanic Ronaldo, who he says has already given such a boost to everyone at the club.
“Cristiano senses the big moments and is ruthless. He is clinical. He has lifted the team and everyone around us. It’s just perfect for him, you see what he’s about, sensing the moment and smelling the danger but he’s also evolved into a proper team player. He has developed into a fantastic goalscorer. He played a very good game, dropped in and linked the play well.”
“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.”
“When it gets back to one each, you never know how it is going to go. But I thought we settled well. We played the ball and, when Luke [Shaw] put on the afterburners! When he really went for it there and Cristiano is so good at timing his runs. It was a fantastic goal by Bruno. You know Bruno and his quality from those areas. I am very, very happy.”
“I’ve got say well done to the club and everyone for bringing in players to challenge. We’re bringing competitors but they’re good people and we have got a good and strong squad.”
United now travel to Switzerland, where they will open their Champions League group stage matches with a fixture against Young Boys.