In the first half of his second debut, the 36-year-old delighted the home fans when he scored from Manchester United’s young superstar Mason Greenwood’s free-kick.
In his true Ronaldo form, he ran to the corner of Old Trafford to perform his now famous “Siuuuu” celebration.
His debut, however, changed at half-time, when Javier Manquillo equalized for Newcastle after a quick counter-attack.
However, Ronaldo showed once again why he was brought back to Manchester, scoring the second goal of the game with a powerful sunken finish to once again put United ahead.
Ronaldo’s Portuguese team-mate Bruno Fernandes extended the lead for Manchester United with a thunderous strike from about 30 yards before Jesse Lingard scored to make it 4-1.
Ronaldo said he was “extremely nervous” before his first appearance back at the club.
“It was unbelievable. At the start of the match I was very nervous, I swear. It was normal because I didn’t expect them to sing my name during the match. I was nervous but maybe I did. didn’t show but I had.” The reception was incredible but I’m here to win and help the team.
“It was an unbelievable moment. I was very nervous and last night thought I wanted to play well and show that I still have the ability to help the team. This club is unbelievable and I’m very happy. I will give everything to make them proud of me.
“Everybody knows football in England is different from any other place in the world and to be honest it’s the most special thing. I came here when I was 18 and they treated me unbelievable and that’s it. That’s why I’m back.”
Hottest ticket in town
It’s the game all Manchester United fans want to see: the return of Ronaldo.
T-shirts bearing his name and the famous number 7 have flown off their racks and Old Trafford stands are packed with fans hoping to see the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
The excitement was further increased when, an hour before the match started, it was announced that Ronaldo would start.
The cheers that greeted him on the pitch before the game started almost lifted the roof of the famous stadium, and Ronaldo’s first touches in the red Manchester United shirt were cheered as if he had scored.
Fans only had to wait until just before halftime to get what they would see: Ronaldo scoring again for their club.
Some good work by England international Greenwood helped Newcastle Freddie Woodman save the effort, only to have it fall at the feet of waiting Ronaldo, to score his first goal for the club in 12 years 124 days.
To celebrate, Ronaldo wowed fans by performing his now-customary celebratory act, where he danced, turned and stretched out his arms while exclaiming, “Siuuu. “
But after halftime, Newcastle showed they wouldn’t go down without a fight.
Run by former United player Steve Bruce, several deft counter-attacks threatened to equalize the game, before Manquillo’s low shot finally restored parity.
However, it didn’t last long as Ronaldo once again showed why he is the top scorer in international men’s football.
A ball from Luke Shaw landed at his feet, which he powered between Woodman’s legs to score his second goal of the game.
A superb Fernandes strike extended the lead to two before Lingard made it 4-1.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a former team-mate of Ronaldo, has praised his two Portuguese stars’ combination.
“Good players can always play together. They respect each other and play together for Portugal,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports afterwards.
“It’s too early for me to predict where we’ll end up. We have to be consistent and let’s see where we are. It’s changed. [the atmosphere]. A few months back, how do you think it was here. This is something that Man Utd supporters should feel like. “