I'll pressure Ole to start me against Newcastle, Ronaldo says

“I’m here to put Manchester United where they deserve to be. I’m looking forward to starting on Saturday,” he added.
Ronaldo and ex-teammate, Wes Brown
Ronaldo and ex-teammate, Wes Brown

Manchester United star, Cristiano Ronaldo, is eager to start for the Red Devils in this weekend's home game against Newcastle United in the Premier League.

Ronaldo who resigned for the club on deadline day, 12 years after leaving for Real Madrid, is expected to make is second debut against The Magpies at Old Trafford on September 11.

There were suggestions that he might not start the game due to COVID rules and limited training with the team but the 36-year-old is rearing to go for the Reds by pressuring manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, for a start against Steve Bruce's men.

During a special interview with former team-mate Wes Brown for United’s app in the middle of the Theatre of Dreams pitch, Ronaldo who has raved about his return to Old Trafford said, “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.

“Bruno told me [they sang his song throughout the Wolves game].

“I have great memories when I arrived here at 18, with you [Brown], Rio, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville. It was my dream to play for Manchester United and we won a lot.

“I was so nervous [on his first debut]. I didn’t expect to play. When I first signed I thought I would be back in Portugal for one more year, but Sir Alex Ferguson said ‘no, no you’re going to stay here and you’re going to be in the squad for the game’."

Speaking about his potential second debut with Brown who set him up for United's opener in the Champions League win over Chelsea on May 21, 2008, he added:

“Of course I will be nervous on Saturday, but I’m more mature and more experienced now. I will be prepared and I’m going to put pressure on Ole now to start me. I’m ready to go.”

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who lifted the Premier League title three times and the Champions League before leaving United for Real Madrid in 2009 reaffirmed his readiness to play this Saturday.

Ronaldo added: “Of course it’s more easy for me [have Solskjaer there]. I played with Ole, Fletch, Carrick, they know me, the way I am, the way I play.

“So it’s great to be a part of this, with the new generation too. The mentality never changes at this club, it’s always to win, to make history.

“I’m here to put Manchester United where they deserve to be. I’m looking forward to starting on Saturday.”

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