Cristiano Ronaldo has already made it clear that he has returned to Manchester United with one thing on his mind – trophies.

The 36-year-old completed his stunning Old Trafford move on deadline day, 12 years after he left the club for Real Madrid.

United’s new No.7 may be coming back as a different player – gone are the dizzying stepovers and tricks and flicks – but one thing that hasn’t changed is his relentless drive for success.

During the six seasons he spent with Sir Alex Ferguson in his first spell, Ronaldo helped the club to eight major honours, including three Premier League titles and a Champions League crown.

And since leaving in 2009, his trophy cabinet has only continued to swell, adding another four league titles during his spells at Real Madrid and Juventus, as well as winning another four European Cups while at the Bernabeu.

But he returns to United in the midst of their longest trophy drought since 1990, with their last piece of silverware the Europa League triumph in 2016.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Red Devils have so far, been close but no cigar, losing a series of semi finals, as well as a Europa League final defeat in Gdansk earlier this year.

And since leaving in 2009, his trophy cabinet has only continued to swell, adding another four league titles during his spells at Real Madrid and Juventus, as well as winning another four European Cups while at the Bernabeu.

But he returns to United in the midst of their longest trophy drought since 1990, with their last piece of silverware the Europa League triumph in 2016.

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Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Red Devils have so far, been close but no cigar, losing a series of semi finals, as well as a Europa League final defeat in Gdansk earlier this year.

However, the arrival of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and perhaps most importantly Ronaldo, signal that now is the time to win trophies.

Unlike during his first spell, Ronaldo will no longer be expected to be the talisman. That is now a role fulfilled by his compatriot and Portugal teammate Bruno Fernandes.

Since his arrival from Sporting in 2020, Fernandes has become the club’s most important player, offering a simply stunning return in terms of goals and assists.

In 83 games, the 26-year-old has 43 goals and 25 assists, with 47 of those contributions (29 goals, 18 assists) coming in just 54 Premier League games.

But as of yet, he has been unable to inspire his team to a trophy. But according to the Sun, Ronaldo has already been in touch with his new teammate, telling him to inform the dressing room that they “need” to win the Premier League this season.

That will be music to Fernandes’ ears, who has already made it clear that the club must start winning trophies.

“As I’ve always said, for me being at this level and at this club who wants to win, is because of that,” he said before Ronaldo’s arrival. “Because I know we have the chance to win everything we are included in.

“After that, you can win or not, but we have the chance. We should and we will do our best to win something, of course.

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“After that, you can win or not, but we have the chance. We should and we will do our best to win something, of course.

“Manchester United will always be a tough opponent who will try to win every competition we are included in.”

Ronaldo is adamant that promise will become a reality in his first season back in English football.