Guy Utd Four Newcastle 1: Ronaldo Marks 2nd Debut With Two Goals On Return

THERE were lots of hype to justify this past fortnight, but Cristiano Ronaldo did no longer take long to show his substance all over again.

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Manchester United’s homecoming Hollywood signing confirmed an Oscar-winning feel of timing with a poacher’s double to secure victory on his 2d Red Devils debut.

12Cristiano Ronaldo marked his second Man Utd debut with goals towards NewcastleCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

12Ronaldo become on top shape as the Red Devils beat the Toon 4-1Credit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

At the age of 36, Ronaldo is commonly a extremely good goalscorer in place of the scorer of first-rate dreams they used to realize and love before his departure 12 years in the past. 

And, thanks to two goalkeeping mistakes by using Newcastle keeper Freddie Woodman, Ronaldo become exceeded a dream begin – without even having to truly mild up his antique playground. 

Javier Manquillo equalised for Newcastle among Ronaldo’s double however Bruno Fernandes netted a peachy lengthy-ranger and Jesse Lingard a late fourth to make certain Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s guys completed the 90 mins on pinnacle of the Premier League. 

Manchester had been in a state of excitable, mobbed, pre-Covid mayhem and Old Trafford itself became additionally in throwback mode – there probably hadn’t been this a lot exhilaration approximately the place when you consider that Sir Alex Ferguson reached for his blowpipe and slippers returned in 2013. 

And why no longer? It was simply the primary time the Premier League has ever boasted a authentic contender for the name of football’s GOAT. 

Ronaldo had gained one Champions League and Ballon D’Or earlier than his exit in 2009 however he arrived lower back with 5 of each.

12Ronnie’s first aim was a clever poacher’s finish on the quit of the first halfCredit: EPA

12Ronaldo struck his second aim within the 62nd minute to place United ahead for a second timeCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

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The cries of ‘Viva Ronaldo!’ were belted out long and difficult everywhere in the metropolis.  

But nine mins in, Fernandes played a crossfield ball, Ciaran Clark failed to clear with a header, and Ronaldo scuffed his shot and fell on his bottom, to gleeful cries of ‘what the f***ing hell changed into that?’ from the Toon Army. 

Sancho completed a few antique-school Ronaldo stepovers and fed the man himself, who fired into the side-netting. 

12Javier Manquillo had given United a fright whilst he equalised for Newcastle inside the 56th minuteCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

12Ronaldo’s 2d were given United fast back on target earlier than they grew to become up the heatCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

Raphael Varane headed wide from a Luke Shaw nook and Fernandes opted for a Beckhamesque 50-yarder which dropped just over the bar. 

Yet with Allan Saint-Maximin causing nuisance, Newcastle had their moments – and they may have take the lead courtesy of a terrible protective throw-in from Shaw, with Joe Willock taking pictures broadly when he ought to have centred. 

Nemanja Matic led a speedy ruin and fed Ronaldo, whose shot turned into blocked through Jamaal Lascelles.

12Bruno Fernandes made it 3-1 with a pile-motive force from distanceCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

12Fernandes’ effort knocked the wind out of NewcastleCredit: Getty

Yet in first-1/2 damage time, Ronaldo’s second arrived – a conventional poacher’s effort, snaffling the rebound after a Mason Greenwood shot changed into horribly spilled by means of Woodman.

Newcastle started the second 1/2 at full pelt and that they quickly netted a deserved equaliser, Miguel Almiron happening a skipping run and squaring for St Maximin, who slipped a skip in for Javier Manquillo to drill in the a long way publish.  

With Solskjaer’s men seemingly wobbling, Paul Pogba changed into booked harshly after what looked like an inadvertent foul on Sean Longstaff. 

But then Shaw rumbled ahead and launched Ronaldo whose shot went immediately thru Woodman – the Newcastle keeper doing extra than of the opposition gamers to make Ronaldo’s day special.

12Jesse Lingard had a big impact as he got here off the benchCredit: AFP

12The England ace stored his pleasant shape going with any other strikeCredit: Reuters

The domestic side had been not home and hosed simply but – Joelinton beat Varane and pressured a respectable store from David De Gea. 

But ten mins from time, a truely unique strike from a Portuguese – simply not that one – as Fernandes netted with a dipping, swerving 25-yarder that his global team-mate could were proud of.

Then, inside the death moments, a splendor to wrap matters up – Pogba’s skip dummied by means of Martial and Lingard offering a classy end. 

12It became Ronaldo who become United’s hero on the cease of the dayCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

12Red Devils fans could be hoping Ronaldo and Fernandes can lead them to this season’s titleCredit: EPA

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