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Ronaldo set for hero's welcome in United return

  • Published at 06:40 pm September 11th, 2021
Manchester United fans wearing Cristiano Ronaldo jerseys walk outside the Theater Of Dreams prior to their EPL clash against Newcastle United Saturday Reuters

United manager Solskjaer said Ronaldo would feature 'at some point' against Newcastle 

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to receive a hero's welcome at Old Trafford Saturday when he makes his second debut for Manchester United against Newcastle United on his return to the Premier League.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who left United to join Real Madrid in 2009, returned to the club in a surprise transfer from Juventus just before the transfer deadline.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the 36-year old forward would feature "at some point" in the 8pm kickoff (Bangladesh standard time).

Since joining United Ronaldo broke the all-time international goalscoring record with his 110th goal for Portugal in a World Cup qualifier win against the Republic of Ireland.

Having being suspended for the subsequent game against Azerbaijan for removing his shirt in celebration, he jetted to England and has been training with his new team-mates for the past few days.

It remains to be seen whether Ronaldo will start the match or come off the bench.

Ronaldo won three Premier League titles and the Champions League during six trophy-laden years with United, before going on to shine with Real and Juve.

It seemed United would miss out on a reunion with their former star when Manchester City moved to sign him.

But Ronaldo has said his relationship with former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson played a key role in convincing him to return to Old Trafford, calling the move "a dream come true".

Solskjaer played with Ronaldo during his first spell at the club.

Before the unexpected acquisition of Ronaldo, Solskjaer had already strengthened his squad with swoops for 21-year old England forward Jadon Sancho and French World Cup-winning defender Raphael Varane.

United will be expected to challenge champions City for the title after such a productive transfer window.

Solskjaer believes Ronaldo will add a higher level of quality to the squad, both physically and mentally, as they try to land a first trophy of the Norwegian's reign.