It is the most important match of the weekend in European football: Cristiano Ronaldo will play his first match in the Manchester United jersey since his return to the club where he became a world star from 2003 to 2009. The second debut will be against Newcastle United. at Man Untied’s house in Old Trafford on Saturday 11th September.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the 36-year-old Portuguese legend will see the field, although he did not specify whether it will be in the starting lineup or as a substitute.
Ronaldo was acquired in a $ 27 million transfer from Italian club Juventus in late August. He did not arrive in time to play a game for Man United before the international break for the World Cup qualifiers in early September. It was then that he joined Portugal and staged a major victory against the Republic of Ireland in which he scored two goals of late to set the all-time men’s international goal record.
His first day of training with Manchester United came on September 7, after a five-day quarantine following his trip to Portugal. He was able to make an early return to England to quarantine after getting a yellow card for celebrating his goal against the Republic of Ireland. Since it was his second yellow card during qualifying, he ruled it out of Portugal’s other qualifying match against Azerbaijan, which the Portuguese still won comfortably 3-0.
How to watch Ronaldo’s US debut
- Date: Saturday September 11
- Weather: 10 am ET
- Television channel: US Network
- Spanish television: Universe
- Transmission: fuboTV
Ronaldo’s first official return game for Manchester United will be at home against Newcastle United in a match that will be televised on USA Network (English) and Universo (Spanish). Both channels are broadcast on fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
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Manchester United manager confirms Ronaldo will play
Ronaldo trained for a full week with Manchester United, and in addition to his time with the Portuguese national team, he also completed a full preseason of training with Juventus.
“He will definitely be on the field at some point, that’s for sure,” Solskjaer told the media the day before the game against Newcastle.
🗣️ “He will definitely be on the field at some point, that’s for sure.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talks about Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact on the team and confirms that he will play a role in Saturday’s game against Newcastle. pic.twitter.com/uCvA9yDGbV
– Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 10, 2021
Solskjaer, a former Manchester United player who has been in charge of the club since December 2018, was questioned about how he will handle Ronaldo’s workload this season: “He knows I have to make the decisions when to play with him, when not. to play with him. Any player wants to play as much as possible, of course he does.
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“It’s my job to manage it and make the best of it. I want to see the best of him and of course that comes with communicating with him. You don’t need me to tell you what to do. He has always had the determination and desire to be the best and he still has it ”.
Earlier in the week, Ronaldo told Manchester United television channel that he planned to stay for several years. His new contract with Manchester United is a two-year deal with the option of a third.
“I’m not here on vacation,” he said. “Before it was good, I won important things and I wore the jersey before many years ago, but I am here to win again … I am ready and I think I will be something important in the next three or four years.”
The addition of their prolific striker to Manchester United’s current star-studded squad should help the team compete for this season’s two great prizes: the English Premier League title and the UEFA Champions League. He won three EPL championships and lifted the Champions League once during his previous stint with the Red Devils, scoring 118 goals in 292 appearances in all competitions.
What number will Ronaldo wear?
Ronaldo left Manchester United in 2009 after donning the number 7 jersey at Old Trafford, picking up the same number during his time with Real Madrid and Juventus to keep promoting his ‘CR7’ brand.
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There was some speculation as to whether he would have to wear a different number after re-signing for United, as Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani wore the number 7 after his arrival at the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2020.
However, Cavani agreed to return the shirt to Ronaldo and instead take the number 21, which he also wears internationally for Uruguay.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.