Cristiano Ronaldo ran 20.2mph before scoring his second Manchester United goal against Newcastle

Cristiano Ronaldo reached 20.2mph whilst running for his second goal that helped lead Manchester United to a 4-1 victory over Newcastle yesterday. 

The Portuguese forward made his second debut for the club after leaving Manchester to join Real Madrid over twelve years ago. 

Ronaldo lead the line for Manchester United and was able to score two goals on his return to Old Trafford. 

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The former Real Madrid forward made an immediate impact on his Premier League return

Ronaldo celebrates with Portugal teammate Bruno Fernandes who was also amongst the goals

He opened the scoring with a tap-in at the end of the first half however Newcastle responded quickly as Javier Manquillo equalised after the break. 

Ronaldo then showed his speed and finishing skills as the 36 year-old astonishingly sprinted at 20.2 mph to drive through on goal and place the ball through the Newcastle goalkeeper’s legs. 

Despite his age, Ronaldo’s recorded speed has placed him close to some of the fastest players in the Premier League as the likes of Adam Armstrong, Adama Traore and Wilfried Zaha have all recorded top speeds of 22.15, 22.12 and 21.88 mph this season. 

Later in the game, goals from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard capped an incredible day for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team. 

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In the aftermath of yesterday’s game, Newcastle legend Alan Shearer praised the five time Ballon d’Or winner for his exceptional performance on Match of the Day.  

He said: ‘We all expected him to do well, we all expected him to score his goals and the performance that he put in was phenomenal. 

‘For 36 years of age, his energy and attitude is an example for any young kid watching. 

The 36 year-old showed off his astonishing physical skills for his second goal of the day

‘All I can say is just watch this guy week in and week out. Everything about him whether it is his movement, his ability in the air or his touch and control, it is all first class.’

After the game, Ronaldo was asked about his return to Old Trafford and the sensational reception he received from the United faithful.

He said: ‘It’s unbelievable. When I started the game I was so nervous, I swear. Maybe it didn’t show but I was.

‘I didn’t expect to do that, to score two goals. Maybe one but not two. Of course, I’m happy to score the goals, I won’t deny that, but the most important thing is the team.

The Portuguese international celebrates in front of the Stretford End after his second goal

Ronaldo has hailed the ‘unbelievable’ fans who gave him a warm reception on his return

‘I belong to Manchester United. I arrived here at 18-years-old, they treated me unbelievably and this is why I came back. I’m so proud to be here and I want to win.

‘Everyone knows that the football here in England is different than any part of the world. I’ve played everywhere and, to be honest, England is the most special one…  

‘This crowd is unbelievable and I’m going to give everything to make them proud of me. I didn’t expect they would sing all game my name. The reception is incredible, but I’m here to win games, to help the team and get the club back where they deserve.

‘Manchester United need to be where they deserve. It’s to win to build a team, build a club and build a mentality this is what we are looking for.’

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo: Alan Shearer on ‘phenomenal’ Man Utd second debut – BBC Sport