On the 27th of August news broke that shocked the footballing world and everyone who loves the game, the news was that Cristiano Ronaldo had reached an agreement to make a sensational return to Manchester United, on a 2 year deal with an option of a further year, after leaving the 13-time premier league winners 12 years ago to join Spanish football giants Real Madrid.
But, it wasn’t always as clear where Ronaldo was going to play his football next, days before Manchester United regained his signature it was widely reported that a deal had been agreed between all parties and he was on his way back to Manchester but this time to the blue side of the city, after Manchester City’s summer-long pursuit of Harry Kane was ended when the England captain and club confirmed he would be staying at Tottenham for at least another season.
As a result, millions of Man Utd fans around the world feared the worst that one of their club legends who many times was the reason for their success was about to join their rivals and now walkout at Old Trafford in a blue shirt.
With the news circulating and gathering pace worries of all involved with Manchester United began to grow until reports then came out that United was willing to pay the fee which would allow Ronaldo to leave Juventus and rejoin the club he ‘loves’
What is Manchester United getting as a result of signing a 36-year-old and how will he help improve them?
At the age of 36 Man Utd are not only getting a club legend back but are also getting one of if not arguably the best player in the world, although he isn’t the player who joined and left United, who loved to entertain those in the stadium and watching around the world by doing fancy skills on the left side of midfield.
He is now a much different player and now proven number 9 that guarantees any team he plays for goals throughout the season in any competition and Manchester United hope by adding Cristiano’s quality to the squad alongside the additions of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane that this will help them bridge the gap between all title challengers and hopefully bring a period of long-awaited success back to Old Trafford.
Despite the quality that Ronaldo is bringing back to Manchester many believe that he is bringing to know how to win and in the big games in previous seasons this has been Man Utd’s downfall for example in the Europa League final against Villereal which they ended up losing on penalties.
Also unarguably Ronaldo also brings a stature around the training ground and the club as a whole and as a result of his persona young players at the club such as Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, and also new signing Jadon Sancho can see first hand what it takes to become one of the best players in the world and more importantly how to stay there and keep performing to the level of which Ronaldo has done for several years now and as a result, this can lead to those 3 younger players raising their game and getting the best of their potential as players.
How will Ronaldo cope with the premier league’s intensity at the age of 36?
There is no denying that Ronaldo is a physical specimen and that he shouldn’t look the way he does physically at 36 but there is also no denying that both Serie A and La Liga don’t have the same intensity and demands in which the Premier League brings.
It is the thought of a few people such as pundits and ex-pros that Ronaldo may struggle to readapt to the Premier League after spending so long away and at 36 many think that he may not be able to play every game of the season but this is the same player that played 33 games last season for Juventus scoring a total of 29 goals finishing the season the league’s top scorer ahead of Romelu Lukaku who has also been on the move this summer in a £100m transfer to Chelsea and there have been no questions surrounding how Lukaku will get on on his return to the English game even though his stats was not quite on the levels of Ronaldo’s, despite Lukaku being in a side that won the title.
So are these opinions that Ronaldo isn’t going to impact a myth or are they just facts?
When will United fans and football fans be able to see Ronaldo in a Manchester United shirt again?
Ronaldo’s dramatic and highly anticipated return to the English game is expected to be against Newcastle United on the 11th of September with a fully sold-out crowd at Old Trafford expected in Manchester, this comes after Ronaldo left the Portuguese training camp early to get back to Manchester to get match fit once quarantining for 5 days on his return to the UK.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was once a teammate of Ronaldo’s but who is now the manager of the superstar said last week when speaking to the media ‘I hope he will’ when asked if Ronaldo’s 2nd debut could come against Newcastle at what Ronaldo calls ‘home’ Old Trafford.
The moment Ronaldo walks out at Old Trafford whether that will be wearing the famous red shirt with the famous number 7 shirt to start the game or wearing a club tracksuit and having to wait to make an appearance on the bench, it will definitely be a special moment for those lucky enough to get their hands tickets for the game and it will cause a special and unforgettable atmosphere inside Old Trafford.
There is a sense of excitement not only from the fans of the club but also Cristiano’s new teammates this was evident when Jesse Lingard celebrated his goal for England against Andorra on Sunday evening with a Ronaldo Esque celebration with a twist, it is evident that the return of CR7 has got the whole club on a high and they will be hoping this sense of excitement can continue throughout the season starting with all 3 points when Newcastle make the trip to Manchester.
Ronaldo couldn’t score on his return in front of a home crowd, could he? You wouldn’t bet against him.