Solskjaer confirms Cristiano Ronaldo will feature against Newcastle
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Cristiano Ronaldo is set for his second Manchester United debut today when Newcastle United visit Old Trafford. The Portugal international returned to the club earlier this summer after12 years away.
Ronaldo arrived back in Manchester amid enormous fanfare after re-signing for United from Juventus last month.
The forward will go straight into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s matchday squad as the Red Devils look to build on their unbeaten start to their Premier League campaign.
But one man who won’t be at Old Trafford to witness Ronaldo’s homecoming is former United right-back Gary Neville.
Neville is part of the group of former Man Utd players who own League Two side Salford City and the former England international admits he will instead be at the Peninsula Stadium watching the Ammies.
“Manchester United are playing Newcastle at 3 o’clock and Salford are playing Bradford,” Neville told SportBible.
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“And I’m going to go and watch Salford. My wife and my daughters are going to watch Cristiano.
“But I know as soon as I get home I’m going to get a rerun of the game from Sky because I’m doing Monday Night Football and I’m going to watch that game as well.
“I’m going to try and not have the score so I can watch both.”
Ronaldo became a global superstar during his first spell with United after Sir Alex Ferguson signed the player from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.
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The 36-year-old was instrumental as Man Utd won three consecutive Premier League titles between 2007 and 2009 and also helped the team win the Champions League in 2008.
He won the first of his five Ballon d’Ors while in Manchester and was the Premier League’s top goalscorer in the 2007/08 campaign.
Ronaldo departed England for Real Madrid in 2009 and enjoyed a trophy-laden career in Spain before moving to Juventus three years ago.
And one man who thinks Ronaldo’s return can bring United success is England legend Wayne Rooney.
“I think he’s still one of the best players in the world,” Rooney said earlier this week.
“I think United are finally ready to go and challenge for the title – and I really feel they have to this year.
“[Ronaldo’s] going to be a big player. I think he’ll have very big moments in the season and I’m sure he’ll score a lot of goals.
“I follow Manchester United. I want them to do well and I think it’s great for them that they’ve brought Cristiano back.”
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