By Mukwuzi Joseph
Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Carrington for the first time since rejoining Manchester United from Juventus – reuniting with his old team-mate and new manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer.
The 36-year-old forward returned early from international duty last week – and will be looking to make his second debut when United take on Newcastle on Saturday.
The Portugal skipper spent nine seasons with Real Madrid and three with Juventus before pushing for a return to the Premier League, winning four league titles and four Champions Leagues during that period.
While fans want to know for sure when Ronaldo’s first start will come under Solskjaer, he was pictured deep in conversation with the Norwegian on Tuesday.
The club wrote: “Cristiano met with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his former team-mate, in the manager’s office before being introduced to the players who are currently hard at work in training.
“The spectacular signing from Juventus joined the session with his colleagues and wasted no time in getting acquainted with the group.
“With challenges to come at home and abroad in the near future, including Saturday’s Premier League match against Newcastle and next Tuesday’s start of the Champions League at Young Boys, it is hoped the striker will be ready to assist the side and begin to have an immediate impact in his second spell at the club.”
Solskjaer told BBC Sport after the win over Wolves: “I hope he will [face Newcastle on September 11],”
“He’s a special boy, or man now, he was a boy when I played with him.
“Of course the players are excited, some have played with him in their national team. You see the fans – they’re excited. That’s what he does, he’s a special player.”
With Ronaldo saying of his pending return to Old Trafford: “I can’t even start to explain my feelings right now, as I see my return to Old Trafford announced worldwide.
“It’s like a dream come true, after all the times that I went back to play against Man United, and even as an opponent, to have always felt such love and respect from the supporters in the stands.
“This is absolutely 100 per cent the stuff that dreams are made of!”