Cristiano Ronaldo will be in Manchester United’s starting lineup on Saturday against Newcastle United in his long-awaited comeback for the Red Devils.
“Everybody is excited about Cristiano’s homecoming,” coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said before the game. “He has trained well. Everyone can see why he continues to play because he is so meticulous and professional in everything he does. Hopefully when he enters the field we will have five to 10 percent more.”
Ronaldo rejoined the club with a $ 28 million transfer from Juventus before the close of the summer transfer window. The event marks his grand return to the club where he became a world star from 2003 to 2009.
The game will air at 10 am ET in two languages in the United States on USA Network (English) and Universo (Spanish). Both NBCUniversal channels are broadcast on fuboTV, which is available to new users in a 7-day free trial.
Ronaldo’s last game in the Manchester United jersey was the 2009 UEFA Champions League final (2-0 loss to FC Barcelona), but his last game as a Man United player at Old Trafford was a celebration after the club won the 2008-2009 championship. Premier League title at home to Arsenal in May 2009. Those games preceded a transfer to Real Madrid and a move to Juventus years later.
Ronaldo left Old Trafford in 2009 as a bully winger, who could beat rival players with ease. He returns as a goal-savvy center forward, still chipping away at more than 20 goals per season at age 36. He recently demonstrated this by setting the international goal record for a male player with his two goals for Portugal to beat the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifier.
How to watch Cristiano Ronaldo debut in the US
- Date: Saturday September 11
- Weather: 10 am ET
- Television channel: US Network
- Spanish television: Universe
- Transmission: fuboTV
The rights to the English Premier League in the US are owned by NBCUniversal, which broadcasts matches in English and Spanish through its network of channels.
Saturday’s 10am kickoff time for Manchester United vs. Newcastle United will air on USA Network and Universo. Both channels are available in fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial to new users.
Manchester United vs. Newcastle: starting lineups
Cristiano Ronaldo it starts, but Edinson cavani is not on the team. Jadon sancho It was a doubt with a blow picked up while he was with England, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that he was ready and that he starts.
MORE: Why Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus for Man United
Scott McTominay and Alex tal are not ready for selection yet, and Marcus rashford he’s still out due to shoulder surgery. Goalie Dean henderson is coming back from the aftermath of COVID-19 but got the start for the U23s along with Phil Jones.
Manchester United starting formation (4-2-3-1, left to right): 1-David de Gea-GK – 23-Luke Shaw, 5-Harry Maguire, 19-Raphael Varane, 29-Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 31-Nemanja Matic, 6-Paul Pogba – 25-Jadon Sancho, 18-Bruno Fernandes, 11-Mason Greenwood – 7-Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United substitutes (9): 22-Tom Heaton-GK, 2-Victor Lindelof, 3-Eric Bailly, 20-Diogo Dalot, 17-Fred, 34-Donny Van de Beek, 14-Jesse Lingard, 8-Juan Mata, 9-Anthony Martial
What number will Ronaldo wear?
If you are watching the game, you will see Ronaldo with the same number he had the last time he played for Manchester United: number 7.
Another player had the number when Ronaldo arrived, but gave it to the superstar: Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani wore jersey number 7 since joining Manchester United in 2020, but left it to Ronaldo and took jersey number 21 in its place. , which he also uses with Uruguay.
When Ronaldo left Old Trafford, he got the same number with Real Madrid and Juventus to keep his ‘CR7’ brand.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.