The 36-year-old’s return to Old Trafford was confirmed on deadline day, with United wrapping up a deal in double-quick time after being made aware of Manchester City’s interest.
Ronaldo was handed a two-year contract that makes him the highest paid player in Premier League history, though manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was coy when asked if his new signing would start against Newcastle.
‘He has had a good pre-season and played for the national team. He will get on the pitch at some point that’s for sure,’ said the Norwegian at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
A few hours later, Ronaldo took to social media to look ahead to his second coming at Old Trafford and seems to be itching to get back on the hallowed turf.
‘Same place… same spirit… new adventure. Let’s go, Devils,’ he wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of his unveiling at Old Trafford, also hashtagging the word ‘ready’.
Regardless of whether Ronaldo starts or is on the bench, Solskjaer is believed to have requested that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is presented to the Old Trafford crowd before kick-off just as happened with Raphael Varane before the side’s thumping win over Leeds United.
Although the Portuguese superstar was Serie A’s top scorer last season with 29 goals he is nevertheless in the twilight of his illustrious career, though he insists he will win silverware back at the club where he first made his name.
‘This is why I am here,’ he told former teammate Wes Brown in an interview for United’s website. ‘I am not here for a vacation.
‘Before was good, winning important things and I wore the shirt before, many years ago, but I am here to win again.
‘I am capable, me and my teammates. I am ready to go, I am ready to go. It is a good chance for me, for the supporters, for the club, to get one step ahead. I am ready and I think I will be a huge thing in the next three or four years.’