Cristiano Ronaldo is in the running for his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle in the Premier League return from the international break – and you can watch the highlights of the match soon after full-time for free with Air sports.
Ronaldo sealed a stunning return to United from Juventus on deadline day, saying he was “so happy to be back home” and insisting he was gone “to win trophies” with the team of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Old Trafford legend made history in international service with Portugal, breaking the all-time men’s international goalscoring record and spending his first day at Carrington training ground on Tuesday, ahead of United’s return in the league against Newcastle.
How to follow Ronaldo’s second debut at Man Utd
Manchester United welcomes Newcastle to the Premier League on Saturday September 11 (3 p.m. kick off).
You can follow the game with our live blog on the Air sports website and app – and get details on Solskjaer’s starting XI as soon as the teams are announced at 2 p.m.
You won’t have to wait long to see the game highlights – we will bring them to you for free from 5.15 p.m. on the Sky Sports website and app, as well as our Sky Sports Football YouTube channel.
And we will provide you with the best statistics, analysis and reactions after the game.
Ronaldo’s return – key stats
- Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his first appearance for Man Utd since the 2009 Champions League final.
- Ronaldo’s last Premier League appearance was a 0-0 draw with Arsenal in May 2009 which confirmed Man Utd as 2008-09 champions.
- Ronaldo will set a new Premier League record for longest gap between appearances – his last application dates back 12 years and 118 days.
- Since leaving Man Utd, Ronaldo has won 18 major trophies and scored 551 goals in 572 club applications.
- Ronaldo scored 29 Serie A goals last season – Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood scored 32 Premier League goals combined in 2020-21.
What does Solskjaer say about Ronaldo?
“He’s not signing to sit on the bench,” Solskjaer said as Manchester United signed the break with a 1-0 win over Wolves. “He’s going to make us a better team.
“Cristiano evolved as a player; he played wide on the right, wide on the left, up front.
“He’s more of a center forward for me right now, but there will be games where we play with two or three forwards. I want him in the box, I want him to score goals.”
Ronaldo was released from the Portugal camp early after receiving a yellow card against Republic of Ireland which excluded him from his country’s upcoming game against Azerbaijan.
He met his former teammate and new manager Solskjaer on Tuesday, before joining a training session.
Manchester United said of Ronaldo’s first day: “With challenges ahead at home and abroad in the near future, including Saturday’s Premier League game against Newcastle and the start of the Champions League Next Tuesday at the Young Boys, we hope the forward will be ready to help the team and start making an immediate impact on his second stint at the club. “
Ronaldo at 36: does he still have it?
Is Ronaldo still good enough to make a big impact at Old Trafford at 36 and where does he fit into Solskjaer’s squad?
“Ronaldo has become this poacher from the penalty bench.
“In his first season at Real Madrid, only 1% of his attempts came from inside the six-yard box. In his last season at Juventus, that figure had risen to a career-high 11% No Serie A player has scored so many goals inside that six-yard box last season.
“His influence off the pitch could also be important.
“Ronaldo’s dedication to his profession remains fierce, showing a total commitment to giving his best. The hope is that this will help create a winning culture. ‘
Learn more about the stats around evergreen Ronaldo and how he’s likely to be used at Man Utd.
Will Ronaldo and Fernandes freeze?
Bruno Fernandes struggled to combine well with Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal, but could it be any different at Man Utd?
“What is curious is that despite the mutual respect, the fact that these are international teammates playing in positions that should complement each other, the relationship between the two on the pitch has failed to develop. ‘ignite.
“In qualifying for the European Championship, the pair scored 12 of the 22 goals for Portuguese players – Ronaldo with 11, Fernandes with one. But the two men did not directly team up for a single purpose. Fernandes’ two assists were for the others.
“The trend was repeated at Euro 2020. Fernandes hasn’t even been on the pitch for any of Ronaldo’s goals in World Cup qualifying so far. The spark is not there yet. .
Read Adam Bate on what Cristiano Ronaldo’s return could mean for Bruno Fernandes.
Ronaldo the record holder
Ronaldo showed his enduring scoring prowess during the international break as two overdue goals gave Portugal a spectacular 2-1 victory over the Republic – and him more history.
The Portugal captain nodded twice in the closing minutes of the World Cup qualifiers at Estadio Algarve, bringing him to 111 goals for his country – two ahead of the previous record held by the Iranian Ali Daei.
Ronaldo later posted on social media: “Of all the records I’ve broken in my career – and luckily there have been a few – this one is very special to me and it’s definitely on the shelf of accomplishments that really make me feel proud.
“Kudos to ‘Shariar’ for holding the record for so long and thank you for always showing me so much respect every time I scored and as I got closer and closer to his exceptional number.
“Thank you Portugal. Thank you to all my teammates and opponents for making this trip so unforgettable. Let’s continue to meet on the pitch in the years to come. I’m not closing the account yet …”
Manchester United matches: what’s coming?
September 11th: Man Utd vs Newcastle – Premier League, kick off 3pm, free match highlights on Sky Sports Digital from 5.15 p.m.
September 14: Young Boys vs Man Utd – Champions League kick-off at 5.45 p.m.
September 19: West Ham vs Man Utd – Premier League, 2pm kick-off, live Sky Sports Premier League
September 22: Man Utd vs West Ham – Carabao Cup, kick-off 7:45 p.m., live Sky Sports Football
September 25: Man Utd vs Aston Villa – Premier League, 3pm, free match highlights at Sky Sports Digital from 5.15 p.m.
September 29: Man Utd vs Villarreal – Champions League, kick-off at 8 p.m.
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