Manchester United have re-signed Cristiano Ronaldo in a potential £19million transfer, with the Portugal star set to make his second Premier League debut on September 11 against Newcastle United
Cristiano Ronaldo has made it clear to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: He’s returned to Manchester United to win trophies.
The Red Devils have yet to taste silverware under the Norwegian since he replaced Jose Mourinho at the helm.
There have undoubtedly been improvements in the Premier League during each campaign under his tenure, as well as cup semi-finals and a place in last season’s Europa League final – ultimately losing on penalties to Spanish side Villarreal.
But the pressure is on the Norwegian to deliver something more tangible after this summer’s spending, which included the £73million arrival of Jadon Sancho and four-time Champions League winner Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.
That pressure has only been ramped up further by the return of Ronaldo, with the 36-year-old completing a £19million switch from Juventus on transfer deadline day.
During his first six-year spell at the club, the Portuguese superstar won three Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League.
And having rejected a potential move to champions Manchester City to return to Old Trafford, Ronaldo has made clear that he wants more trophies during his second spell.
In his first interview since returning to United, Ronaldo told the club’s website: “I have a fantastic history with this amazing club.
“I was there at 18 years old and of course I’m so happy to be back home after 12 years. So I’m really glad and looking forward to start my first game.
“I think it’s the best decision that I have made it. It’s right on point in my opinion.
“I moved from Juve now to Manchester, it’s a new chapter, I’m so happy and glad, and I want to carry on again, to make history, to try to help Manchester achieve great results, to win trophies and number one of them, to win great things.”
Ronaldo and Solskjaer were teammates between 2003 and 2007 before the Norwegian retired from playing, but continued to work together as Solskjaer helped coach Ronaldo and United’s other forwards for a short stint under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Portugal captain has already spoken to the United boss ahead of his return, and insists that he’s ready to do whatever’s asked of him by his new boss.
“We had a chat, but of course I’m going to have time to speak with him face to face, to know what he expects,” he said.
“I played with him for two or three years at Manchester United so I have a good relationship with him but now with a different role, I’m a player and he’s a coach.
“But it doesn’t matter, my relationship with him is great and as I say before, I’m there in Manchester to help the team achieve his results and the coach can count on me for whatever he wants.
“So I’m available for everything.”
Ronaldo is set to make his second Premier League debut on September 11 against Newcastle United