The must-have ticket this weekend is at Old Trafford as Cristiano Ronaldo prepares to make his second debut for the club.
Having rejoined the club from Juventus this summer, Ronaldo, who started training with the squad earlier this week, is ready to be unleashed against Newcastle.
Ronaldo will be itching to make his mark as the star attraction and that spells bad news for Newcastle’s defenders.
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Will Ronaldo start this afternoon?
Right, we’re about an hour away from team news. So the big question is, will Cristiano Ronaldo be starting this afternoon or will he be on the bench?
The man with all the power, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, revealed that the Portuguese icon is not after any special treatment as he waits to make his highly-anticipated second bow.
Read more below:
Solskjaer insists Ronaldo ‘doesn’t want any special treatment’
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will make his first appearance for the club in 12 years against Newcastle at Old Trafford following a £19.8million move from Juventus in the summer window.
The big winners from the Ronaldo deal are… adidas?
Who will be the biggest winners in this Ronaldo transfer back to Manchester United? The player? The club? Ole Gunnar Solskajer? The United fans?
Though spare a thought for adidas as the biggest winners from this deal, with Ronaldo’s shirt sales set to soar through the roof in the opening few months of Ronaldo’s second spell.
Remember, Premier League clubs do not benefit from shirt sales, it is actually the kit manufacturers who make the jerseys who rake in the cash.
Sportsmail’s MATT HUGHES explains more below…
AHEAD OF THE GAME: Everton benefit from good relationship with Brazil
AHEAD OF THE GAME: Adidas will be the biggest financial winners from the increased shirt sales resulting from Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United.
The Numbers Game
Here’s some more numbers on Cristiano Ronaldo. The 36-year-old may be getting on in years but that doesn’t matter.
Ronaldo was still Serie A top goalscorer last season, beating the likes of Romelu Lukaku to the goalscoring gong in Italian football.
Here’s Sportsmail’s NUMBERS GAME on Ronaldo’s return later this afternoon…
Forget the emotion, Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford DOES make sense
THE NUMBERS GAME – OLI GAMP: Even though the Portuguese superstar still keeps himself in pristine condition, there is no getting away from the fact he is not the Ronaldo he once was.
What makes Ronaldo the champion he is?
So what is behind Cristiano’s incredible career?
Well, the answer is simple, ish. Five naps a day on clean sheets, ankle weights during sessions, cryotherapy chambers, personal chefs and, er, sunbeds.
Sportsmail’s CHRIS WHEELER takes you through Ronaldo’s incredible fitness regime to make him one of the most athletic figures in sport, let alone football.
The making of megastar Ronaldo ahead of Man United return
When Cristiano Ronaldo rocked up at Manchester United in a Lamborghini this week, it felt just like the good old days. Ronaldo is a different man now at the age of 36 from the one who left United.
A proven winner
Ronaldo’s goal and trophy record is not to be smarted at. The 36-year-old has won pretty much everything there is to win in football, apart from the World Cup of course.
Take a look at Cristiano’s incredible career so far in numbers below…
Ronaldo’s first debut…
This is not Ronaldo’s first Manchester United debut, of course.
The Portuguese first turned up at Old Trafford as a skinny teenager in 2003, making an impressive debut against Bolton Wanderers on his debut.
United were 1-0 up when Ronaldo came on, the Red Devils ended up as 4-0 winners come full-time. The Ronaldo effect was immediate, could we see the same today?
Have a look at our account of Ronaldo’s first debut back in 2003…
How Cristiano Ronaldo made an instant impact on his first United debut
Nobody who watched his half-hour cameo against Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford that August afternoon 18 years ago was left in any doubt – this kid is very special indeed.
Fans already gathering at Old Trafford
Kick-off may be just under three hours away, but the atmosphere is already building at Old Trafford ahead of the return of one of their biggest ever stars.
Talk all you want about what Ronaldo will bring on the pitch, but the Portuguese icon will improve United’s merchandise department as well.
The second coming of Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo. The biggest star to make his name in England. One of the greatest players to have ever played the game. Today, he returns to the Premier League with Manchester United.
Could we be seeing the player that changes the course of the Premier League title race today? Ronaldo will bring goals, athleticism and big-game mentality to the Red Devils Premier League charge this season.
Follow all the build-up to Ronaldo’s second coming right here, with kick-off coming to you live on this page from 3pm (BST).