Cristiano Ronaldo kick-started his second act at Manchester United like he never left the scenes, scoring a brace in a 4-1 win over Newcastle United.
Steve Bruce, another former adored figure at Old Trafford, setup his side well, as the hosts initially struggled against a low-block defence. Nevertheless, Newcastle couldn’t keep the man of the hour quiet for far too long, with his first goal in a Red shirt in over 12 years arriving just before the break.
The Magpies responded through Javier Manquillo in the second-half, but Ronaldo restored United’s lead, linking up efficiently with Luke Shaw to fire home in the 62nd minute.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ended the match with two more goals, all three points, and a spot on the top of the Premier League table.
As much as Ronaldo’s arrival brings a sense of confidence that he can propel United into title contention, it’s also a cause of concern for rival managers.
Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp admitted he isn’t very pleased with Ronaldo’s decision to return to the Red Devils.
“Am I happy that he is at United? No, I can’t say that,” Klopp said to Sky Sports.
When asked if he was “too good a player”, he added: “Yes, unfortunately.”
Understandably, Klopp is unlikely to share the excitement of the Old Trafford crowd on display Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool, after their win against Leeds United, are now level on points but trailing United on goal difference after the opening four games. However, if Ronaldo has his experienced say, that could get quite a bit longer by the end of the campaign.