Cristiano Ronaldo was welcomed back to Old Trafford and didn’t disappoint as he fired two goals in Manchester United’s comfortable win over Newcastle on Saturday
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- 11:05, 12 Sep 2021
- Updated11:18, 12 Sep 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo set his sights on bringing the Premier League title back to Manchester United after his stunning two-goal return.
Ronaldo scored in either half of United's 4-1 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford on his emotional homecoming, then revealed his ambition to win a fourth title with the Red Devils.
“I’m here to win, I think we have a fantastic team with great potential and we need to build up confidence,” said Ronaldo.
“Manchester United need to be where they deserve, to go step by step to win the Premier League.”
Ronaldo paid tribute to United's fans, who sang his name throughout his thrilling return, his double helping take Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to the top of the table.
Cristiano Ronaldo wheels away in celebration as United fans go wild after his second goal
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“Unbelievable!” said Ronaldo. “It was an unbelievable welcome that this crowd gave me. The supporters, they sang my name all game.
"Of course, they know my celebration. They were waiting for my celebration, so I did it.
“It’s my mark, but the most important thing is the team. It was my day, I know, but it’s finished. What I want is to help the team to win trophies.
“I belong to this club, so I want to help the team to achieve good things and I’m looking forward to the next games.
“This team has huge potential. We have fantastic players, a good coach, a good team and we need to build up the mentality to win the Premier League and even the Champions League.”
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There was an aura around Old Trafford on the return of the Portuguese superstar, who after 12 years away, still shows little signs of slowing down.
It took until the stroke of half-time for him to break the deadlock with the simplest of tap-ins after Mason Greenwood's shot was parried kindly into his path.
If Newcastle's equaliser looked like it could spoil Ronaldo,s afternoon, he soon stole the show with his second, rolling back the years to race through and finish, having left the defence for dead.
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Ronaldo is congratulated by his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following his brace
Bruno Fernandes' long-range strike and Jesse Lingard's late goal rounded off the scoring, but the day belonged to Ronaldo.
"He does what he does," United boss Solskjaer said.
“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.
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“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.”
Solskjaer's own senses must have been telling him questions regarding the title were now becoming part of the equation, but he was quick to play down the hype.
"The fans can dream," he added. "We will keep our feet on the ground."
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