Ronaldo confident ahead of his Old Trafford return: I am here to win
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will make his second debut against Newcastle. The Norwegian did not confirm whether United’s returning megastar would start Saturday afternoon’s game, but he did affirm that he would be on the pitch at some point.
Red Devils fans had waited with baited breath as to whether Ronaldo would make his long-awaited return this weekend.
Having been on international duty with Portugal, there were murmurs that his mandatory isolation would only leave him with one training session before the Newcastle tie.
However, he was pictured in deep conversation with Solskjaer earlier this week, and in training with his team-mates in the days that followed.
United fans thus do not have long to wait until the megastar, who left them for Real Madrid in 2009, makes his comeback.
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Speaking during Friday afternoon’s press conference, Solskjaer said: “He has had a good week with us here.
“He’ll definitely be on the pitch at some point, that’s for sure.
“Everyone is very happy to have him back, the mood has been very good.
“We are looking forward to Saturday of course.”
After United’s last outing against Wolves, Solskjaer declared that he sees Ronaldo primarily as an option through the middle rather than out wide.
This could spell bad news for the likes of Mason Greenwood, whose tremendous start to the season up front saw him net in each of the first three Premier League games.
Given that Ronaldo scored 29 for Juventus in Serie A last season, the youngster will have to be content to step aside, although he can surely benefit from the Portuguese’s guidance.
United had already strengthened greatly during the summer transfer window with Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, but the guaranteed goal threat of Ronaldo could put them right in the mix for title contention.
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On the impact Ronaldo has had on the rest of the squad, Solskjaer added: “We know what he’s achieved in his career but he wants to achieve more.
“He’s lived his life with the discipline of a top professional. Ever since he came here he was the first one who did preparation well.
“We’ve grown as a group the last few years. The determination, desire, focus.
“Raphael [Varane] has brought a winner’s mentality. There’s no place to hide with winners like them.
“You can’t go in 95% focused. It’s been great having him in.”
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