Man Utd senior players’ dressing room reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo arrival

Cristiano Ronaldo is back at Old Trafford and it is not just the fans of Manchester United who are hugely excited for the return of the Portuguese superstar at the club

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Manchester United back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant has revealed that the impending arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at the club has left senior players “bordering on giddiness”.

The Portuguese superstar is returning to Old Trafford after 12 years away with his arrival generating lots of excitement not only among fans, but among players too.

Now aged 36, Ronaldo is established as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport and is returning to United after goal-filled spells with Real Madrid and Juventus.

Grant – who is fourth choice goalkeeper at the club following the summer arrival of Tom Heaton – has now explained that even the senior players in the dressing room were hugely excited about becoming a teammate of Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return has generated lots of excitement for Man Utd players

The 38-year-old goalkeeper explained on talkSPORT on Tuesday: “The excitement is palpable and I’ll be honest with you, it’s not just with the younger players.

“The thing that struck me and made me realise this is huge, is the reaction of our more senior players.

“If our back-up goalkeeper is thinking about the impact this transfer is going to have on me and my training, and the level I have to bring, imagine what it will do to the others.

“I was at the nursery picking up my children, and one of our more senior players, you could call him one of our ‘bigger’ players, and you could see the look on his face and the excitement.

“It is bordering on giddiness for us that we were able to bring Cristiano in, it is a bit of an eye-opener for me.

“The excitement is really palpable.”

These sentiments were echoed by new United signing Raphael Varane, who played alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid across seven years between 2011 and 2018.

Varane said of Ronaldo joining United: “I’m very happy, he’s a legend and all players can learn when you play with him, so it’s a very great help for all players, for young players, and of course he’s never stopped scoring goals so he will help the team.”

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Ronaldo netted 118 goals across 292 appearances in his first stint at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009 before moving to Real Madrid.

He broke the goal scoring record in the Spanish capital – bagging a stunning 450 goals in 438 appearances – before moving to Juventus in 2018, where he scored 101 goals across three seasons.

His second debut for United looks certain to be the home Premier League match against Newcastle United on 11 September.

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