Cristiano Ronaldo has been picked in the starting XI for Manchester United’s first game since his return to the club, a Premier League match against Newcastle United at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo, 36, returned to Manchester United from Juventus last month and was immediately included in the matchday squad for the Red Devils’ first match. It will be his first appearance for United since the 2009 Champions League final, and his first appearance at Old Trafford since a group stage win with Juventus in the same competition in November 2018.
“Of sure, I will be scared on Saturday,” Ronaldo remarked upon his return to the north west of England. “But I am more mature, I am more seasoned.” I’ll be ready, and I’ll put pressure on Ole to start in the XI right now [laughs]. I’m all set to go!
“Both my teammates and I are capable. I’m all set to go, I’m all set to go. It’s a great opportunity for me, the fans, and the team to get a step ahead. I’m prepared, and I believe I’ll be a major player in the next three to four years.”
Despite the fact that Ronaldo has only played two hours of football this season (he wanted to be left out of the starting XI for Juventus’ opener against Udinese and was completely omitted for the following match), his new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unconcerned about the veteran’s form.
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