Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘unbelievable’ Manchester United return exceeds his expectations | Football News
Ronaldo returned to United in a highly successful move from Juventus last month, 12 years after leaving Old Trafford to join Real Madrid.
The 36-year-old marked his second United debut in style with one goal at every half in front of 76,000 fans.
Ronaldo’s double was followed by goals from Bruno fernandes and Jesse lingard when United moved to the top of the Premier league.
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It was an even better comeback than Ronaldo envisioned during his eager wait to put on the famous United number seven jersey again.
“I didn’t expect to score two goals. I hope for one, but not two. I have to appreciate the fans and what they did to me today. I am very proud of that,” he told BBC Sport.
“Of course I’m happy to score goals, I’m not going to deny it but the most important thing is that the team and the team played well.
“It’s unbelievable. When I started the game I was so nervous, I swear. Usually it’s because I didn’t expect my name to be chanted the entire game.
“I was very nervous, but maybe I didn’t show myself, but yes. The reception is incredible, but I’m here to win games and help the team.”
“It was an incredible moment. I was super nervous and last night I thought I wanted to play well and show that I was still capable of helping the team.”
Away from United for more than a decade, having established himself as one of the all-time greats during his spells with Real Madrid and Juventus, Ronaldo said he always maintained a kinship with the Englishman. football.
“This club is incredible and I am very proud. I will give everything to make them proud of me,” he said.
“Everyone knows that football in England is different from anywhere in the world and, to be honest, it’s the most special. I came here at 18 and they treated me incredibly and that’s why I’ve come back.”
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner lifted three Premier League titles and a Champions League during his six years with United in the Alex Ferguson era.
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Now playing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his former United colleague, Ronaldo believes his team can fight for their first English title since 2013.
United manager Solskjaer revealed that Ronaldo gave a speech to his new teammates on the eve of the match and the Portugal forward said: “Everyone has to do their job.
“We have a fantastic team, a young team, with a fantastic coach, but we have to gain confidence.
“The team has to be mature if we want to win the League and the Champions League, but we are on the right track and I am here to help the team.”