Cristiano Ronaldo’s first goal on Man Utd return in pictures
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Cristiano Ronaldo sensationally struck a brace for Manchester United on his second Premier League debut but that did not stop midfielder Bruno Fernandes picking out a negative from his side’s performance. Both players were on the scoresheet in the 4-1 drubbing of the Magpies, which piles further pressure on Steve Bruce.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed Ronaldo a start on his first appearance at Old Trafford since leaving for Real Madrid in 2009.
And the legendary forward inevitably scored twice to take his combined goals tally in a United shirt to 120.
Ronaldo was on hand to tap home after Mason Greenwood’s long-range strike was parried by Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
Newcastle then equalised slightly against the script. Former Liverpool defender Javier Manquillo beat David de Gea to level the score.
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But Ronaldo put United ahead for the second time early in the second half. The 36-year-old collected the ball in the left-hand channel and drove a powerful effort under Woodman.
Goals by Fernandes and Jesse Lingard rounded off a comfortable 4-1 win.
However, Fernandes was not entirely happy with the performance of his team-mates, pointing out that it would have been the perfect display had they not conceded.
“It was almost perfect if we did not concede. We are really happy and the performance in general was really good,” the Portuguese said.
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“Newcastle are really organised, defend well but we moved the ball quick and waited for the right moment to hit them.
“It is something I am working on and today I got the chance and scored.
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“Everyone knows what Cristiano Ronaldo brought for the club and we are really happy to have him. The most important, as he will say, is the result for the team. Good players can always play well together.
“We arrived at the end (of last season) with some mistakes but did really well. There has been an improvement in the club and now it is time to take the next step.”
United culminated an incredible transfer saga to complete the return of Ronaldo on transfer deadline day.
The 36-year-old chose to leave Juventus after three years in Italy and Manchester City reportedly led the race to seal a controversial transfer for the United legend.
Some premature reports even suggested that the Premier League champions had finalised a deal that would see Ronaldo join United’s local rivals.
But the Red Devils jumped ahead of the queue and on August 27 announced a deal in principle had been agreed to bring Ronaldo back to the club 12 years after he left for Real. The paperwork was finalised four days later.
Ronaldo started in a front three for United against Newcastle, alongside Greenwood and fellow big-money summer arrival Jadon Sancho.
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