Ronaldo to play against Newcastle, possibly from the bench

Cristiano Ronaldo will make the first appearance of his second spell at Manchester United in the English Premier League against Newcastle on Saturday.

A picture of Cristiano Ronaldo with teammates is displayed on the outside of Old Trafford.   -  REUTERS

Cristiano Ronaldo will make the first appearance of his second spell at Manchester United in the English Premier League against Newcastle on Saturday.

It may be from the bench, though.

“He will definitely be on the pitch at some point,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.

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Solskjaer said Ronaldo is ready to feature, having had a preseason with Juventus and played the full game for Portugal in a World Cup qualifier against Ireland last week.

Ronaldo has been training at United since Tuesday.

 

"We've got mutual respect for each other, but he knows I've got to make the decisions when to play (him), when not to play. It's my job to get the best out of him, that comes from communication. He doesn't need me to tell him what to do.

"Everyone is going to look up to him and he is going to be a leader in this dressing room."

Solskjaer said he expects Ronaldo to play at the top level until he is 40 years old, like another United great in Ryan Giggs.

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