Cristiano Ronaldo made his second debut for Manchester United this evening and the Old Trafford crowd were, to say the least, up for the occasion as they witnessed the return of the superstar forward.
The 36-year-old remains one of the most potent goalscorers in Europe and he wasted no time in opening up his account for his second spell at the club.
The gap of 12 years between his last Premier League appearance in 2009 and now is the largest of any player and two goals, each on either side of half-time, put United on their way to back-to-back victories.
⚡️ The atmosphere during Cristiano Ronaldo's post-match interview is electric! pic.twitter.com/O71GAbogtq
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After the game, Ronaldo offered to give his thoughts on his debut, and fans who had waited in the stands were rewarded for their persistence.
“I was very nervous. Maybe I didn’t show but I was,” he admitted, as seen above. “As I said before, the reception is incredible but I’m here to win games, to help the team.
“It was (an) unbelievable moment,” he added when quizzed on his debut goal. “As I told you before, I was super nervous and I was thinking last night what I want: to play good. This crowd is unbelievable.”
Now, Ronaldo will be hoping to repeat the trick in the Champions League as United make the trip to Switzerland to face Young Boys. Following last season’s exit in the group stage, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his side are expected to challenge for the prestigious trophy.