Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted returning to Manchester United is the ‘best decision’ he has ever made after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored twice on his second debut for the club.
The 36-year-old re-joined United from Juventus in a shock £19.8m move at the end of the summer transfer window, 12 years after he left the club to sign for Real Madrid.
The forward – who won nine trophies during his first spell with the club – is back at Old Trafford with the aim of achieving more success and he got off to the perfect start in his first outing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted returning to Manchester United is the ‘best decision’ he’s ever made
Ronaldo netted a double as United beat Newcastle 4-1 and the Portugal captain is adamant that returning to his former club was the right thing to do.
‘It’s the best decision I’ve made. It was the right time,’ Ronaldo said in an interview with Telefoot.
‘I want to make history, help Manchester to have great results and win trophies.’
Ronaldo received high praise from his manager, who revealed he had given the players ‘a little speech to the boys’ on the eve of the game but was coy about what his former team-mate had said.
He scored twice on his second debut for the club which ended in a 4-1 win over Newcastle
‘Of course everyone, when they come into the team, they have to introduce themselves,’ the United manager said with a smile.
‘Maybe not everyone knows his name. At least they do now.
‘The atmosphere has been electric around the club, the supporters have really enjoyed the last 10 days or so since he signed.
‘There was loads of expectations obviously this afternoon on the team and on him and he’s delivered.’
Asked if there was any doubt about what Ronaldo would add to United, Solskjaer said of his former team-mate: ‘I don’t think so. He does what he does.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for his new signing and said he gave his team a lift
‘Cristiano lifts everyone, he gets everyone so focused when he’s in and around the place, he puts demands on himself, which then will put demands on his team-mates and it puts demands on us.
‘That’s why he’s done so much in his career. He’s been so disciplined.
‘We knew he’s evolved, he’s developed as a player, he’s a different type of player now compared to what he was when he left, but he’s still a ruthless and clinical goalscorer.
‘He smells the big moments, he senses when there’s a goal in it.’
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