While Saturday's Manchester United match against Newcastle was already being build up as superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's potential second debut with the club, the Portugal striker will certainly play a role in the match as has been confirmed by coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Although Ronaldo was with the national team not long ago, he flew back early, completed the quarantine and even turned up for training with his teammates for the first time this week as the Red Devils take on Steve Brunce's side at the Old Trafford this weekend.
There was plenty of excitement among the fans as well as pundits ever since Ronaldo's fairytale-like return to Manchester was confirmed a couple of weeks ago. Although fans were desperate to see him don that United jersey as soon as possible, it was evident that he would take some time before he can be on the pitch. However, Solskjaer has cleared all such doubts and the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is all set to feature in the match.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer did not reveal whether Ronaldo will be starting for them or not.
"He's been having a good pre-season with Juventus, played with the national team and had a good week with us, he'll definitely be on the pitch at some point, that's for sure," he said as quoted by Goal.
I'm not here for a vacation: Ronaldo
Earlier, the 36-year-old striker made his intentions pretty clear that he means business and has joined the Red Devils to win.
"This is why I'm here," Ronaldo said in an interview posted on United's website on Thursday.
"I'm not here for a vacation [...] Before was good, winning important things and I wore the shirt before many years ago," he added.
Ronaldo has yet again managed to bag the esteemed number 7 jersey at the club and it would be interesting to see if he can help the team end their Premier League drought of recent years. Given the ambition which he brings to the table, the club will also be eyeing for the Champions League.
"But I'm here to win again. I'm capable, me and my teammates. I'm ready to go. It's a good chance for me, for the supporters, for the club, to get one step ahead," he said.
"I think I will be a huge thing in the next three or four years," he signed off.