Back in Manchester and back in the mix – Cristiano Ronaldo is set for a second debut after a sensational summer return to United.
Ronaldo trained with the club for the first time this week after signing from Juventus. The 36-year-old may be a different player to the one who departed the club 12 years ago but adds significant stardust to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ahead of a game against Newcastle.
Steve Bruce, himself something of a returning hero to Old Trafford, will be plotting a route to his side’s first win of the season after they got off the mark against Southampton before the international break.
Manchester United have lost just one of their past 36 home league games against Newcastle, though, and Solskjaer knows only a win will be acceptable if the club are to mount the genuine title challenge that their squad suggests they should.
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Well that has lifted the mood.
Ronaldo walks towards the tunnel with a smirk on his face. It was an easy enough finish, but Old Trafford has not celebrated like that in a long time.
GOAL! 45 +2
Ronaldo scores it. Of course.
A shot from Greenwood is spilled and Ronaldo turns it in.
End to end action there. First Saint-Maximin only has Wan-Bissaka beat from the halfway line to have a free run at goal.
The United man does well to stall him.
United charge up the other and Ronaldo has an effort blocked before Fernandes’ cross whistles past Greenwood in the six-yard box.
Newcastle will be happy enough with the first half-hour. United have been limited to shots from distance, while Newcastle have arguably had the better openings.
Nowhere near enough coherance from United’s attack.
And there was another example of that then when Fernandes, Ronaldo and Sancho broke, but the chance only leads to a corner.
Fernandes’ shot from distance is nearly turned in by Sancho – but the ball goes wide.
Willock should have done better there. He was quick to seize on a throw and race into the box, but he blasts his shot way over the bar.
Is Fernandes trying to steal Ronaldo’s limelight? He’s just tried an audacious effort from the halfway line that isn’t too far over the bar.
De Gea called into action and again it is because of the running of Saint-Maximin. The ball falls for Ritchie outside of the box and his low drive is held by the United keeper.
Varane was close to putting United ahead. Shaw’s near post corner was flicked on by the Frenchman, but just bounced wide of the far post.
Pogba whips in a cross that Fernandes is just short of reaching.
Meanwhile Newcastle keeper Freddie Woodman is annoying the home crowd with his time wasting so early in the game.