Confirmed Manchester United line-up v Newcastle

Kick the Cristiano Ronaldo hysteria into overdrive. He starts for Manchester United against Newcastle.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed yesterday he would play some part in the match, and he has been included from the off.

This is how Manchester United line-up for the match:

Starting XI:ย De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Varane, Shaw, Matic, Fernandes, Pogba, Greenwood, Sancho, Ronaldo

Substitutes:ย Heaton, Bailly, Dalot, Lindelof, Lingard, Mata, Matic, Van de Beek, Martial


Here is how the team compares to our predicted XI for the fixture.

There is no doubt about what the big news is. The man everyone came to see is in the starting 11.

Overall, there are two changes from the 1-0 win over Wolves last time out, where the result was better than the performance.

Nemanja Matic has come in for Fred at the heart of midfield. Eric Bailly is also on the bench for the first time this season.

There is no Edinson Cavani in the squad, and he will have to wait a little longer for his first start of the season.

The announcement will only get pulses races even faster at Old Trafford as they prepare to give Ronaldo a rapturous reception on his return.

Cristiano Ronaldo: One of the greatest ever

  1. Ronaldo signed for Manchester United in 2003

    United paid just ยฃ12 million to sign Ronaldo from Sporting. He went onto score 118 goals for United and won the Premier League title three times.

  2. A five times Champions League winner

    Ronaldo won the Champions League for Manchester United in 2008. He then went on to win the trophy a staggering four more times with Real Madrid.

  3. Goal hungry superstar

    Ronaldo once netted 42 goals in a season at United, a figure he smashed at Real Madrid. He once scored 61 goals in a single season for Real and 60 in another. He scored 101 goals in his last three years at Juventus alone.

  4. International star

    Ronaldo broke the all-time international goal scoring record in 2021 to move clear as the most prolific player ever for his country.

  5. Multiple time Ballon dโ€™Or winner

    Ronaldo has now won the Ballon dโ€™Or Award five times, finishing in second place on six occasions.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBCโ€™s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.