Fans excited as Cristiano Ronaldo starts for Manchester United vs Newcastle (Check Teams’ Line-ups here)

September 11th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Cristiano Ronaldo will START for Manchester United on Saturday afternoon 12 years after he left the club.

And manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named a super-attacking team as the Red Devils face Newcastle at Old Trafford.

The fans’ excitement to see Ronaldo don a Man Utd shirt once again is palpable and the numbers speak for themselves as ‘Ronaldo #7’ shirt sales have reportedly generated a staggering Β£187.1m.

Red Devils fans are already flocking to Old Trafford to show off their new Ronaldo merchandise way ahead of kick-off.

Old Trafford will erupt into absolute delirium when the Portuguese captain emerges from the tunnel.

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Man Utd XI against Newcastle: De Gea, Maguire, Varane, Shaw, Matic, Wan Bissaka, Pogba, Fernandes, Ronaldo, Sancho, Greenwood.

SUBS: Heaton, Bailly, Dalot, Lindelof, Fred, Lingard, Mata, van de Beek, Martial.

Newcastle XI: Woodman, Manquillo, Hayden, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Longstaff, Willock, Almiron, Saint-Maximan, Joelinton.

SUBS: Darlow, Schar, Lewis, Henrick, Krafth, Fernandez, Murphy, Gayle, White.

The Man United boss says Ronaldo still has the same speed but has become a better all round player and one of the best finishers ever.

Solskjaer said: “He has evolved as a player. I don’t think you’ll see those 18,19, 20 step-overs before he goes past you but he still has them, the step-over, shift and shoot.

“He has developed into one of the most accurate finishers I have seen.

“What he developed in his years at Real Madrid has impressed us all.

“He is one of the best of course in the air, his timing and desire to get on the end of crosses is second to non.

“He still hits the target 99 times out of 100 when he shoots from outside the box as well.

“He knows the game more, definitely, he knows which positions to drop into and when to run in behind and he is still as quick it looks like from the stats.

“He’s in such good nick still and will be looking in the next few years to play and score as many goals as he can.

“We don’t have his skill set in the team, the mix, no one has really. He is one of the best players that’s ever played the game.”

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