Man Utd fans snap up Ronaldo shirts at Old Trafford
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Cristiano Ronaldo could make his first appearance since rejoining Manchester United this Saturday. And Gareth Bale will certainly be watching, after revealing that he is “excited” to see how his former Real Madrid teammate gets on.
Ronaldo completed his return to Old Trafford from Juventus on transfer deadline day.
And the 36-year-old visited Carrington for the first time on Tuesday to meet up face-to-face with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United return to Premier League action after the international break with a home fixture against Newcastle United on Saturday.
And Ronaldo is expected to at least play a part in front of an excited home crowd.
But Bale expects Ronaldo’s return to be more than just a farewell tour, and has backed the Portuguese star to light up the English top-flight again.
“I’m sure he will do well,” Bale said of his former team-mate.
“He’s proven it before in the Premier League so he understands the league. He has done everything there is in football.
“His goal-scoring ability is matched by no one else so I’m sure he is going to come in, do well and score a lot of goals.
“I’m excited to see it like everyone else, I’m sure.”
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Ronaldo’s return rounded off a superb transfer window for United, giving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a far stronger squad, with Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho the club’s other high-profile additions.
And, speaking to Rio Ferdinand on the Vibe with Five podcast, United midfielder Donny van de Beek says the new faces can make a big impact.
“To play with these players on the pitch is fantastic, also to train with them every day – that’s what we need, I think, winners,” he said.
“I’m really positive about us this season, I think we can make big steps now.”
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Ticket prices for Saturday’s match against Newcastle are soaring, with some available on re-sale sites for the huge sum of £2,500 for the pleasure of watching Ronaldo’s first game back.
The Portuguese star scored 84 goals in 196 Premier League matches during his first spell with United.
And last week he scored twice for Portugal against the Republic of Ireland to take his international goal tally to 111 in 180 international matches, breaking the previous record held by Iran’s Ali Daei (109 goals in 149 games).
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