LIVE: Manchester United vs Newcastle – Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the Red Devils’ city centre hotel with his team-mates as he heads for emotional homecoming at Old Trafford following 12 years away
- Cristiano Ronaldo is to make his second Manchester United debut on Saturday
- The Portuguese star returned to Old Trafford this summer, joining from Juventus
- His record against Newcastle from his first spell will concern the visiting side
- Latest Premier League news, including live action, fixtures and results
- Premier League table – as it stands
The must-have ticket this weekend is at Old Trafford as Cristiano Ronaldo prepares to make his second debut for the club.
Having rejoined the club from Juventus this summer, Ronaldo, who started training with the squad earlier this week, is ready to be unleashed against Newcastle.
Ronaldo will be itching to make his mark as the star attraction and that spells bad news for Newcastle’s defenders.
Follow Sportsmail’s SAM BLITZ for live Premier League coverage of Manchester United vs Newcastle, including build-up, team news and updates.
Of course, today is not just about Cristiano Ronaldo. There are plenty of other debutants hoping to get off to a good start in the Premier League this afternoon.
From Arsenal’s new Japanese right-back to the starlet in Chelsea’s midfield, look at Sportsmail’s list of debut hopefuls below..
Cristiano Ronaldo is now one of the favourites to finish as the Premier League’s top goalscorer at the end of the season, even though he did not join Manchester United until after the first three matches had been played.
But Rio Ferdinand believes the Portuguese forward can score 30 goals this season in all competitions, which would put him in very good stead for the top-flight’s Golden Boot Award.
See the former United defender’s exclusive interview with Sportsmail below…
He’s on the way!
Cristiano Ronaldo is en route to Old Trafford after leaving the Hyatt Hotel in Manchester city centre.
If that doesn’t scream ‘game face’, I don’t know what will…
Imagine if Cristiano Ronaldo helped Manchester United win the Premier League this season, the Portuguese forward would go down in Red Devils legend status, if he isn’t there already.
But how likely are Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to heading back to the top-flight summit in May?
Sportsmail columnist MARTIN KEOWN believes the Red Devils now have all the weapons needed to make a Premier League title race assault.
Fans are gathering to catch their first glimpse of Cristiano Ronaldo back at Manchester United this afternoon.
If this is the atmosphere now, imagine the noise if he actually manages to score this afternoon.
Right, we’re about an hour away from team news. So the big question is, will Cristiano Ronaldo be starting this afternoon or will he be on the bench?
The man with all the power, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, revealed that the Portuguese icon is not after any special treatment as he waits to make his highly-anticipated second bow.
Read more below:
Who will be the biggest winners in this Ronaldo transfer back to Manchester United? The player? The club? Ole Gunnar Solskajer? The United fans?
Though spare a thought for adidas as the biggest winners from this deal, with Ronaldo’s shirt sales set to soar through the roof in the opening few months of Ronaldo’s second spell.
Remember, Premier League clubs do not benefit from shirt sales, it is actually the kit manufacturers who make the jerseys who rake in the cash.
Sportsmail’s MATT HUGHES explains more below…
Here’s some more numbers on Cristiano Ronaldo. The 36-year-old may be getting on in years but that doesn’t matter.
Ronaldo was still Serie A top goalscorer last season, beating the likes of Romelu Lukaku to the goalscoring gong in Italian football.
Here’s Sportsmail’s NUMBERS GAME on Ronaldo’s return later this afternoon…
So what is behind Cristiano’s incredible career?
Well, the answer is simple, ish. Five naps a day on clean sheets, ankle weights during sessions, cryotherapy chambers, personal chefs and, er, sunbeds.
Sportsmail’s CHRIS WHEELER takes you through Ronaldo’s incredible fitness regime to make him one of the most athletic figures in sport, let alone football.
Ronaldo’s goal and trophy record is not to be smarted at. The 36-year-old has won pretty much everything there is to win in football, apart from the World Cup of course.
Take a look at Cristiano’s incredible career so far in numbers below…
This is not Ronaldo’s first Manchester United debut, of course.
The Portuguese first turned up at Old Trafford as a skinny teenager in 2003, making an impressive debut against Bolton Wanderers on his debut.
United were 1-0 up when Ronaldo came on, the Red Devils ended up as 4-0 winners come full-time. The Ronaldo effect was immediate, could we see the same today?
Have a look at our account of Ronaldo’s first debut back in 2003…
Kick-off may be just under three hours away, but the atmosphere is already building at Old Trafford ahead of the return of one of their biggest ever stars.
Talk all you want about what Ronaldo will bring on the pitch, but the Portuguese icon will improve United’s merchandise department as well.
Cristiano Ronaldo. The biggest star to make his name in England. One of the greatest players to have ever played the game. Today, he returns to the Premier League with Manchester United.
Could we be seeing the player that changes the course of the Premier League title race today? Ronaldo will bring goals, athleticism and big-game mentality to the Red Devils Premier League charge this season.
Follow all the build-up to Ronaldo’s second coming right here, with kick-off coming to you live on this page from 3pm (BST).
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