Ronaldo marked his return to Manchester United with two goals against Newcastle on his second debut for the Red Devils but had already made an impact on the team on Friday evening
The Red Devils beat Newcastle 4-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday to make the 36-year-old’s emotional homecoming, with the man himself scoring two goals, each either side of half-time.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer welcomed Ronaldo back to Carrington at the start of the week after he cut short his international duties with Portugal, following the finalisation of his £12.9 million transfer from Juventus to United.
Compatriot Bruno Fernandes and substitute Jesse Lingard also got on the score sheet and claimed all three points after the legendary No.7’s Friday evening message at the team hotel.
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Solskjaer revealed he had given a speech at the The Lowry Hotel the night before the match and The Athletic report that Ronaldo thanked his team-mates for their warm welcome.
But after being asked to sing a song as every new squad member does, the five-time Ballon d’Or reminded people that he had already performed the ritual 18 years ago when he joined from Sporting Lisbon.
The report adds that by Thursday, his third training session, he believed he had the platform to draw his colleagues together following the international break and tell them of their talent, but warned the team’s level must go up to seriously compete.
Solskjaer revealed some of what Ronaldo said by telling reporters: “When anyone comes into the team they have to introduce themselves.
“Maybe not everyone knew Cristiano’s name – but they do now!
“He said his name was Cristiano and that’s as much as I can say,” the Red Devils boss stated.
Solskjaer had nothing but praise for the forward’s performance, who capitalised on poor goalkeeping from Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman for both of his goals.
The Toon Army stopper fumbled the ball for Ronaldo’s first and allowed the ball to go right underneath him for his second after Javier Manquillo had equalised for the visitors early in the second half.
“Cristiano senses the big moments and is ruthless. He is clinical. He has lifted the team and everyone around us.
“It’s just perfect for him, you see what he’s about, sensing the moment and smelling the danger but he’s also evolved into a proper team player,” he explained.
“He has developed into a fantastic goalscorer. He played a very good game, dropped in and linked the play well.”
Ronaldo himself was pleased with his contribution but affirmed it will be a squad game if United are to win big.
“As I told you before, we have huge potential,” he told club media. “We have fantastic players, a good coach, a good team. We need to build up the mentality to win the Premier League and even the Champions League.
“So I am here to help the team. I think we have the 11 that are playing and those on the bench that can help as well. We have a good team, as I told you, and the spirit is there.”