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Man Utd will compete for trophies this season, Ronaldo assures

Cristiano Ronaldo insisted Manchester United will compete for trophies this season after their 4-1 defeat of Newcastle United.

Ronaldo marked his second debut with the opening two goals.

“As I told you before, we have huge potential,” he told club media. “We have fantastic players, a good coach, a good team. We need to build up the mentality to win the Premier League and even the Champions League.

“So I am here to help the team. I think we have the 11 that are playing and those on the bench that can help as well.

“We have a good team, as I told you, and the spirit is there.”

Meanwhile, Ronaldo was “super nervous” before scoring twice on his much-hyped Manchester United return in their 4-1 win over Newcastle, after which boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he has allowed fans to “dream” again.

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The 36-year-old was making his first appearance for the club in 12 years as a party atmosphere hit Old Trafford.

“I didn’t expect to score two goals,” the Portugal legend said.

“I expected one but not two. It was an unbelievable moment.”

Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games goals for United between 2003, when he joined as a teenager, and 2009, when he went to Real Madrid for £80m.

Even long after the final whistle, the fans in the ground were still singing loudly.

“It is unbelievable. When I started the game I was so nervous, I swear,” he said. “I did not expect that they would sing my name all game. The reception is incredible but I am here to win games and help the team.

“It was an unbelievable moment. I was super nervous and was thinking last night that I wanted to play good and show I was still capable of helping the team. This club is unbelievable and I am so proud. I am going to give everything to make them proud of me.

“Everyone knows the football in England is different than in any part of the world and to be honest it is the most special one. I arrived here at 18 and they treated my unbelievably and that is why I am back.”

 

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