‘It’s happening’, Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand declared on Twitter today. Cristiano Ronaldo is back at Old Trafford and set for his second debut for the Red Devils.
It is a storyline that defies belief. After years of unbelievable success at Real Madrid, the Portuguese great went to Juventus. Just weeks ago he had a Manchester City contract ready to sign, only to make a last-minute switch and return to the red side of town.
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Everything fell into place in a matter of hours. A call from his former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson helped convince him, as did the pleas of former teammates like Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.
Even the Premier League itself got on board, bending the rules to allow Ronaldo to poach his famous number seven jersey from Edison Cavani – a jersey which took just 12 hours to become the highest-sold personalised jersey of any Premier League player this season.
Now he’ll debut at midnight on Saturday evening (AEST), facing Newcastle United in front of the roaring crowds of Old Trafford. It should be nothing short of a spectacular occasion.
Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Ronaldo would feature, saying at his pregame press conference: “He’ll definitely be on the pitch at some point, that’s for sure.”
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