Some important pre-game reading here, from Max Rushden.
It all starts at Selhurst Park, where Japhet Tanganga has been sent off by Tottenham. It’s still 0-0 there, but the Spurs’ winning streak and clean sheets is in jeopardy. Join Scott Murray for the latest:
Will Ronaldo’s second spell at Manchester United generate goals, trophies, adulation and a statue off the pitch? Or will he grind like a smug tin man, while arguing a lot about sanctions?
It’s probably somewhere in the middle, but this is The Speech. There is no middle ground. Vote now!
Mary Waltz asks the age-old question: “Ronaldo or Messi? I have always been in the Messi team, but I have never seen the need to break with CR7 to justify my choice. Cold war tactics became tedious. “
Tedious is the word, Mary. They are both exceptional players, and I find it hard to believe that fans of either of them genuinely believe that the other player is not that great. Today we will not talk about Penaldo or Pessi.
I’m also from the Messi team, I think he’s better, that’s all, but if I had to pick one of them to score at the last minute for my team, I’d probably pick Ronaldo.
Premier League: Start at 3:00 PM (BST)
Arsenal v Norwich
The two teams at the bottom of the table face off in what could be a hectic afternoon at the Emirates. Mikel Arteta can at least call back Thomas Partey in midfield. Norwich has not won in its last 23 high-flying trips to London.
Brentford v Brighton
Both teams start in the top half today and the winner will become the league’s designated dark horse. The two clubs have met in four different divisions and three Cup competitions, but never in the top flight.
Leicester v Manchester City
Pep Guardiola will be happy to have Ederson available against opponents who have caused him a lot of trouble. The visitors have lost their last four games away from Etihad, including the Champions League final and the Foxes’ Community Shield victory.
Manchester United v Newcastle
Newcastle have won Old Trafford once since 1972 and there is not much hope that statistic will change today. The attacked Steve Bruce must have heard the news of Ronaldo’s return with the most weary of sighs.
Southampton v West Ham
New signings Kurt Zouma, Alex Kral and Nikola Vlasic are all in contention to appear for West Ham in a game that is sure to feature plenty of high-tempo pressure battles and muscular set pieces.
Watford vs. Wolves
The Wolves have lost their first three games 1-0 to Bruno Lage, and a slow start would turn into something more serious if it happens again today. Watford made 13 summer signings; some will probably appear here.
Here are Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s thoughts on his striking summer signing:
“We are still a work in progress. Cristiano’s arrival, of course, that gives us another advantage. He comes with his winning mentality: him and Raphaël. [Varane] they have won the Champions League, European Championships, World Cups. We are adding some experience and quality that we did not have ”.
He left Old Trafford in search of greater recognition and found a new stage in which to excel. It seemed like he would never return, but he had unfinished business. Now, after scoring goals elsewhere and shining on the international stage, he is ready to lead Manchester United to glory again.
Sadly for Jesse Lingard, he is unlikely to enter the field today against Newcastle. On the sidelines, he will have a brief follow-up with Cristiano Ronaldo ready to start up front. He used to play for United a while ago and has done quite well in the years since he left.
Yes, the swaggering shadow of CR7 is looming over the Premier League once again. Inevitably, there will be more about him this afternoon. But there are five other top flight matches to take in, and many more in addition in the Football League, Scotland and Europe.
Can Leicester inflict another early defeat on the defending champions? Who will win the project battle between Brentford and Brighton? What the heck will happen next at Arsenal v Norwich? And are you still thinking about Ronaldo? Either way, stay tuned.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism