He noted that he didn’t expect that the fans would sing his name throughout the game and the support of the fans helped him to remain calm.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a dream debut at Old Trafford on Saturday, the same stadium he first gained legendary status between 2003 and 2009.
It was clear that Ronaldo would steal the headlines when he gave Manchester United the lead in the additional 2 minutes of the first half.
In the second half, Newcastle United fought back when Newcastle’s Javier Manquillo scored the equalizer in the 56th minute.
Manchester United had to bank on Cristiano Ronaldo to give them the lead once again. The 36-year-old Portuguese football icon did not disappoint as he scored his second goal in the 62nd minute.
Afterward, Ronaldo’s compatriot Bruno Fernandes made his mark when he scored a stunner in the 80th minute to give United a more comfortable lead.
When Newcastle United thought they have seen the worst, Jesse Lingard proved them wrong by scoring in the additional 2 minutes of stoppage time to give United a 4-1 victory.
In a post-match interview, Cristiano Ronaldo revealed that he did not expect to score more than a goal in his second debut on Saturday and hailed his teammates for playing at a high level.
Ronaldo said: “It’s unbelievable. When I started the game I was so nervous, I swear. But I think it was normal.
“I didn’t expect they would sing all game my name so I was very nervous. Maybe it didn’t show, but I was. The reception is incredible, but I’m here to win games, to help the team, and get the club back where they deserve…
“I expected 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. they played consistently, they played at a high level and most of the time, we showed a mature intelligence so I’m proud of that.”
Solskjaer hails “fantastic” Ronaldo
In his reaction, the manager of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described Cristiano Ronaldo as a fantastic goalscorer, adding that the 36-year-old Portuguese football icon always knows where to be in the penalty box.
“He has developed into a fantastic goalscorer,” said Solskjaer, “sensing the big moments, knowing where to be, positioning himself in the box, playing a very good game. He drops in, links the play well, but gets in the box when he has to…
On the fans, Solskjaer added that “when you win a game, you enjoy it.
“When you see the fans happy as they are, you really enjoy it, and when you see the players coming off, proud of their performance…There were lots of expectations today, for the team, for Cristiano and they delivered. We have to deliver every time. That’s Man United – it doesn’t change.
“If you think a few months back, how it was here and now we’ve got this atmosphere, this is what Man United supporters should feel like. They should be allowed to dream, but we’ll keep our feet on the ground and focus on the next game.”
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After Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United in 2009, he joined Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid for a then world transfer record fee.
Cristiano Ronaldo spent 9 years at Real Madrid winning all the available titles in European club football and scoring 450 goals in 438 games.
In 2018, he tried out football in Italy. The Portuguese football icon spent three seasons at Italian Serie A giants, Juventus, and scored over 100 goals before he returned to Manchester United this summer.
On his second debut for United, Ronaldo recorded 6 shots, made 8 touches in the penalty box, made one fast break, and of course scored two goals.
After the game, Ronaldo said: “Everyone knows that the football here in England is different than any other part of the world. I’ve played everywhere and to be honest, England is the most special one.
“I belong to Man Utd. I arrived here at 18 years old, they treated me unbelievable and this is why I came back. I’m so proud to be here and I want to win.”