The boss of the Red Devils handed his Portuguese superstar a 90-minute outing against Newcastle, with a returning hero grabbing a prop
Ole Gunnar Solskjær admits that he would only take down Cristiano Ronaldo during his second debut for Manchester United if the Portuguese superstar asked him to withdraw.
There was little chance this would happen as the five-time Ballon d’Or enjoyed an emotional return to Old Trafford against Newcastle.
Despite the fact that he was now 36 years old, it was as if he had never been away in a familiar environment a dual purpose that shows that he was praised as a hero before, during and after.
What was said?
United did make changes in the second half against Newcastle, but Ronaldo looked into the 90 minutes and Solskjaer told reporters afterwards about his decision to keep a star player: ‘He said his name is Cristiano, it is as much as I can say.
“I did not want to pull him out unless he wanted to. He needed minutes, he lost a few games for Juventus and Portugal, he had to get 90 minutes in him.”
How did Ronaldo decide?
A confident character is fully aware of the expectation that exists at Old Trafford after previously enjoying Premier League and Champions League victories with United.
He is determined to get up where he left off, with his mere presence helping to lift the mood of those in the stands and around him in an ambitious dressing room.
Asked if Ronaldo had made a speech with his teammates after his arrival, Solskjaer said: ‘Of course everyone has to introduce themselves when they join the team, maybe he does not know his name.
“The atmosphere around the club was electric, the fans enjoyed the last ten days, today many expectations of the team and he delivered it.”
Who helps Ronaldo?
As good as he is, Ronaldo can not turn United into title challengers again.
He does have a star-studded supporting role around him, Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard also find the goal in a 4-1 win over Newcastle.
The Portuguese international Fernandes knows all that Ronaldo can bring to a given fold, having been with one of the most beautiful in the colors of his country, and A Talsimanic presence for the Red Devils is delighted to have another on board.
He told Sky Sports: ‘Everyone knows what Cristiano Ronaldo brought to the club, and we are very happy to have him.
“The most important thing, as he would say, is the result for the team. Good players can always play well together.
“We arrived at the end (of last season) with a few mistakes but did very well. There is an improvement in the club and now is the time to take the next step.”