The first footage of Cristiano Ronaldo back at Old Trafford for the first time as a United player since 2009 has been shared by the club on Twitter.
The clip shows Ronaldo stepping out of the tunnel at The Theatre of Dreams in his famous number 7 shirt.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 9, 2021
Earlier today, images of the 36 year old walking around the pitch with ex- teammate Wes Brown have gained traction online. It appears the latter is interviewing the former for the club’s in-house TV channel ahead of what is expected to be Ronaldo’s second debut on Saturday against Newcastle United.
Brown and Ronaldo enjoyed an extremely successful time together while at The Theatre of Dreams, with the United academy graduate assisting the Portuguese superstar in the 2008 Champions League Final victory over Chelsea in Moscow.
The excitement for Saturday’s match could not be higher. With ticket prices and shirt sales soaring through the roof, United fans are all doing their bit to welcome the former Real Madrid and Juventus man back to what they consider to be his home
They are expected to be given the chance to show their appreciation for the five time Ballon d’Or winner before the match kicks off, with Ronaldo rumoured to be given an introduction like new signing Raphaël Varane was ahead of The Red Devils’ opening day win against Leeds.
However, there are some who doubt that Ronaldo will make the impact Manchester United fans are hoping for. This includes talkSPORT pundit Darren Bent, who believes former United and current Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will hit the back of the net more often than the returning Ronaldo this season.
The latter proved he still has plenty to offer in Portugal’s 2-1 victory against Ireland last Wednesday, scoring two outstanding headers as his side edged ever closer to qualifying for next year’s World Cup.
Meanwhile, Magpies boss Steve Bruce, who also enjoyed a fantastic spell as a player in Manchester, gave a fantastic response when asked whether his side were prepared for coming up against United’s new signing this weekend.
“Ready for Ronaldo!” Bruce laughed as he drove away.
Even if he is to play little to no part in Saturday’s match, the prospect of seeing Ronaldo back in front of The Stretford End is a mouth-watering prospect for any football fan, not just those of a red persuasion.