Cristiano Ronaldo is making his eagerly-anticipated second debut at Manchester United following his transfer from Juventus last month as Old Trafford prepares for a momentous occasion
It’s been 12 years, two clubs, multiple trophies and a sackful of goals, but Cristiano Ronaldo is finally set to grace the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ once again.
Since then, United fans have been kept waiting for his second coming, with so far only a cardboard cut-out at Molineux the closest they’ve got to seeing him in action.
But after breaking the record for most international goals ever scored, Ronaldo is now set for his second United debut.
Here’s how you can keep up to date with the momentous event.
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Where can I watch Ronaldo’s second debut?
So, if you weren’t already aware, there is good and bad news to this.
Due to Sky and BT not being aware in advance of Ronaldo’s return to the Premier League, United’s clash with Newcastle on Saturday September 11 was scheduled for a 3pm kick-off, and is fixed to that slot.
That means only fans with tickets to the match at Old Trafford will be able to watch the game live in the UK, due to the 3pm blackout rules.
If you want to show your support for the Portuguese premier league player returning to English soil, 12 years after departing Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009 – here are the places you can buy his No7 shirt from now:
If you’ve already got one, you’re one of the lucky people, as fans are now clambering for a chance to see Ronaldo, with the cost of tickets online spiralling to around £2500.
There are other options, though.
BBC have been given exclusive commentary rights to broadcast coverage on Radio5live, while highlights will, as ever, be shown on Match of the Day on BBC1 on Saturday evening.
Alternatively, Mirror Football couldn’t let fans go disappointed, so we’ll be providing minute-by-minute coverage of the event via a dedicated live blog on our sight. So stay tuned!
What’s been said?
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Ronaldo is just as excited about his return as the United fans are to see their hero.
“It is a good feeling to come back here [at Old Trafford] because I know the people here are different,” he said. “Since I touched the ground from the airport, I feel the people’s emotions.
“I know, 100 per cent, that I will do good with my teammates. The supporters will be on our side, these fans are special. I hope they can push the team when they need it.
“We will be here on the pitch trying our best and trying to win important things. This is what we are looking for.
“This is why I am here, I am not on vacation, winning before was good but I am here to win. I am capable. I am ready to go.”
Asked about the prospect of making his second debut vs Newcastle. he replied: “Of course, I will be nervous on Saturday but I am more mature, I am experienced, I will be prepared.
“I am going to pressure Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] to start in the XI.”
It seems he will at least get his wish of playing some part, with Solskjaer telling reporters at a press conference : “He’s been having a good pre-season with Juventus, he’s played for the national team, he’s had a good week with us here
“He’ll definitely be on the pitch at some point, that’s for sure.”
Discussing what it’s been like to have Ronaldo back at the club, Solskjaer continued: “He’s been good. Of course, we’ve followed his career from afar since he left here and everyone’s very happy to have him back.
“He can speak for himself, but it seems like he’s happy to be back as well. The mood has been very good, he’s worked well and we’re looking forward to Saturday of course.”
Cristiano Ronaldo vs Newcastle odds
First Goalscorer – 21/10
Last Goalscorer – 21/10
Anytime Goalscorer – 21/50
To give an assist – 13/4
To Score and give an assist – 5/1
To score and get booked – 11/1
It is 3/1 that Manchester United score from a penalty – will Ronaldo take it?
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