Since his sensational return to Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo has trained for the first time at Carrington. Ronaldo brought his time at Juventus to an end after playing for three years he completed a move to United on football transfer deadline day. However, soon after signing the contract, he was called up for international duty with Portugal, so he did not have time to reacquaint himself with Manchester.
His eventful few days continued on Wednesday when he scored a late brace in his team’s 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland. His strikes were enough to break Ali Daei’s long-standing men’s international goals record. During the game, he received a yellow card which ruled him out of his team’s second World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan. As a result, Portugal allowed him to leave the squad early, and Ronaldo arrived in England over the weekend.
Competing in his first training session since his return he has finally set foot on United States soil after a quarantine period. The club’s official photographers snapped Ronaldo conversing with new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with whom he previously played at Old Trafford.
Now that the forward is back in training, the focus will shift to when he might make his debut. Solskjaer has been cautious in introducing United’s other summer signing, making Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho wait for their first starts, which means Ronaldo may have to settle for a bench spot against Newcastle on Saturday.
He is likely to make his debut against Young Boys on Tuesday in United’s Champions League match. Since rejoining the club, Ronaldo has already broken one record, with his new United number seven shirt selling more than any other jersey in history in its first 24 hours on the market.