Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed a fairytale start to his Manchester United homecoming after scoring a brace in the victory against Newcastle – but he has admitted to feeling ‘super nervous’ before kick-off.
Superstar Ronaldo, 36, hit the ground running at Old Trafford after sealing his return from Juventus with two strikes, one a poacher’s finish after a rebound and another a powerful drive through the goalkeeper.
Throughout the game, he was serenaded by the crowd, but after the final whistle, he revealed early jitters had set in.
Cristiano Ronaldo admitted to feeling ‘nervous’ ahead of his Manchester United second debut
‘When I started the game I was so nervous, I swear,’ Ronaldo told BBC Sport. ‘But I think it was normal because I didn’t expect them to sing my name all game.
‘I was very nervous. Maybe I didn’t show it, but I was. As I said before, the reception is incredible. I’m here to win games, to help the team, and to make the club get where they deserve.’
United moved to the top of the Premier League table after securing the three points, which came after Javier Manquillo’s equaliser threatened to mar Ronaldo’s party.
Superstar Ronaldo scored two goals in United’s victory over Newcastle to dazzle once again
But the veteran ensured he stole the show after dazzling on his second debut, and he has also opened up on his feeling of pride.
Reflecting on his first goal, Ronaldo added: ‘It was an unbelievable moment. I was super nervous.
‘I was thinking last night what I wanted – to play good, to show that I am still capable of helping the team. When I started the game, I was super nervous, they sung my name. This club, it’s unbelievable.
‘I feel so proud. I’m going to give everything to make them proud of me.’
Opening up on his feeling of pride, Ronaldo (right) conceded pre-match jitters set in for him
Ronaldo also hailed his team-mates, and said United must be ‘mature’ to challenge for trophies
His sights are set high during his second United stint, too, with references to the top-flight and Champions League trophies also dropped in the same interview.
Hailing his team-mates and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ronaldo said: ‘We have a fantastic team, a young team, with a fantastic coach.
‘But we have to build up confidence, the team needs to be mature if we want to win the league and want to win the Champions League. I think we are in a good way.
‘We have to win games, build up the confidence, build up the team and I’m here to help the team.’
- Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘nervous’ on Man Utd return – BBC Sport