Cristiano Ronaldo’s first goal on Man Utd return in pictures
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United will now see Bruno Fernandes sign a new contract, according to reports. The midfielder has been in dazzling form ever since moving from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020. And, now, he’s set to pen fresh terms over at Old Trafford.
Manchester United announced the return of Ronaldo on deadline day, with the club beating Manchester City to his signature.
And the Portugal international has made a fine start to life back at Old Trafford, netting three goals from two outings so far.
Ronaldo and Fernandes have started to strike up a strong understanding on the pitch.
And The Sun say Fernandes is now primed to pen a new deal with the club.
The midfielder has been a roaring success since moving from Sporting Lisbon 18 months ago, becoming the talisman of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
And it’s stated that Ronaldo’s return ‘has persuaded’ Fernandes to extend his stay with the club, having been tracked by Real Madrid and Barcelona.
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The 27-year-old, who registered an assist on Tuesday night’s Champions League defeat to FC Young Boys, will increase his salary by nearly £100,000-a-week.
And he’ll now earn similar to what the likes of Ronaldo, David De Gea and Paul Pogba currently do over at the Theatre of Dreams.
The report adds Fernandes was one of the reasons why Ronaldo chose to give life at United a second crack, having previously been eyed by Manchester City.
And Fernandes is in line to be contracted until 2026, having previously been tied to the club until 2025.
Meanwhile, both Portuguese players were substituted by Solskjaer against Young Boys on Tuesday evening.
And the Norwegian has now explained his decision, saying: “The game had gone 70-odd minutes, they had been running a lot, both on Saturday and today.
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“The astroturf takes its toll as well and we wanted Nemanja’s experience to keep hold of the ball and Jesse’s legs.
“Ronaldo is exceptional… But we have to look after him as well and it felt like the right moment to take him off.”
The turning point for United on the night was Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card in the first half.
And Solskjaer has addressed that incident, too, admitting he believes the call was the right decision.
“I can understand why he gives it because Aaron take a touch that goes too far,” he said.
“It’s never a dangerous tackle because it hits him on the front of his foot.
“We’ve seen sometimes – a bit like Harvey Elliott [at Liverpool] – bad injuries and there was never reckless or malicious.
“But probably a little bit inexperienced to go through without having the ball… But it makes it difficult after that with 10 men.
“That’s football for you at the highest level. A lack of concentration, make a mistake and you get punished.
“We did that last year in Europe, we conceded two very sloppy counter-attacks against [Istanbul] Basaksehir and we lost that game.
“Today, the last seconds, Jesse wants to play it safe and misplaces a pass and we concede a goal. It happens in football.
“Harry Hindsight is a very good player so if Jesse could have that chance again, he’ll turn a boot it the other way.
“But we’ll learn from it.
“We know we’ve given ourselves a more difficult task than we did last year, but everyone thought we were through after two games last year. You need 10, maybe 12 points, win all your home games and maybe one away from home.
“We’ve lost an opportunity to get three points, but we’ve got two home games next and we’ll focus on those two.”
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