Cristiano Ronaldo’s second Manchester United debut could have to wait until
next Tuesday due to quarantine rules, Ronaldo will only have one day’s training with
his team-mates after having to isolate for five days in his Cheshire mansion due to
Covid rules. That is unlikely to be enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjær to pick him from
the start for Saturday’s home game against Newcastle having waited a fortnight to
give Raphael Varane his first start following his arrival.
Ronaldo will be on the bench and can expect a start in United’s low key Champions
League away trip to Switzerland next Tuesday when they take on BSC Young Boys in
Bern. Even without the Covid restrictions, the international break would have
restricted Solskjaer to just Friday to integrate Ronaldo into the side.
But fans will still be able to welcome him back to Old Trafford with the player
expected to make a solo walk to the centre circle before kick-off after being
announced to the crowd. It is the most eagerly anticipated signing of a player in the
club’s history as the 36- year-old returns to Old Trafford after 12 years away in Spain
and Italy. Some tickets for the 3 pm kick-off, which will not be shown live on TV, are
now swapping hands for £2500.
Ronaldo certainly won’t be short of form and fitness if he is called from the bench.
He scored twice in the 89th minute and deep into injury time for Portugal to beat the
Republic of Ireland 2-1 in Faro last Wednesday. The two goals made him the all-time
top scorer in international football with 111 goals two more than the previous mark
set by Ali Daei for Iran.