Cristiano Ronaldo Marks Glorious Return to Old Trafford with Debut Double
The returning superstar, Ronaldo brought Old Trafford into a standstill as grown men danced in endless chants on his second debut as he netted twice against Newcastle United.
Cristiano Ronaldo set foot at the Old Trafford 18-years-ago as a trembling teenager of touch and tee as he tiptoed on the storey stage. And now, in his immaculate maturity, CR7 reeved in Red restoring to the great gallery of the game. He is now a walking work of art, vintage, beyond valuation, beyond forgery or imitation.
The atmosphere ahead of kick-off felt more akin to a Ronaldo testimonial than a Premier League game. Thousands of fans in CR7 branded shirts flocked to see the returning superstar. However, this did not outdo the 36-year-old’s performance.
The first half was coming to a close when time lurched backward at Old Trafford. Mason Greenwood cut in from the right and drilled a left-footed shot towards the Newcastle United goal which took a slight deflection and spilled from the hands of Freddie Woodman as he tried to gather it. As the ball rolled loose, a figure lurked in form of Ronaldo took a step forward and caressed the ball into the empty net. United were ahead and at the same time, top of the league.
Ronaldo strode across to fans and did his theatrical jump celebration, leaping into the air and turning in mid-flight and then planting his feet on the turf as he lit up the Old Trafford. In that moment, it became evident again that United did not just buy one of the greatest football players the world has ever seen. They managed an even more clever trick than that. They had bought the past.
Six minutes after Newcastle’s equalizer, Luke Shaw drove forward and slipped the ball through Ronaldo who raced onto the pass and produced a neat finish through Freddie Woodman legs.
Old Trafford was beside itself. The years rolled away and it seemed like 2003 again when Ronaldo first graced the stage. For a second, it seemed as if Rio Ferdinand was in defense, just as he was that day, Roy Keane in midfield as he was that day along side Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs on the wing.
What amazing days they were and how United fans have mourned their passing. But, with Ronaldo’s arrival it has allowed United fans to dream that those days may be returning. He is the closest thing to certainty in football and if you want the job done, Ronaldo is the man!