‘Viva Ronaldo, Viva Ronaldo’ was echoing around Molineux, we couldn’t believe it had been confirmed, what a whirlwind of emotions it was. The prodigal son is back with an almighty bang.

Saturday’s clash against Newcastle United was meant to be an ordinary game, hence why the broadcasters opted against showing the match on prime time TV.

But how BT Sport and Sky Sports must be kicking themselves because on 11th September, Old Trafford is going to be the hottest ticket in town, it’s impossible not to be gripped by ‘Ronaldomania’.

It was always going to be a roaring atmosphere, but with the likelihood of Ronaldo donning tthe iconic number seven jersey from the start increasing after being released from international duty early, the Theatre of Dreams is going to be bouncing.

Could CR7 fever eclipse King Eric?

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Eric Cantona’s spell in English football will always be remembered for his kung-fu kick on a Crystal Palace fan and the subsequent eight-month suspension that came with it.

But for every setback, there is an even better comeback, right?

On his first appearance since the incident in October 1995 which was dubbed ‘The Return of the King’, the charismatic Frenchman set up Nicky Butt to open the scoring against our fiercest rivals Liverpool and, either side of two Robbie Fowler goals, netted the crucial equaliser from the penalty spot.

His penalty sent the Old Trafford faithful into a frenzy, it was a highly-charged day, filled with emotion for our mercurial number seven, which was highlighted when he scaled the stanchion after slotting home the penalty.


The momentum United gained from Cantona’s return enabled us to regain the Premier League title, after overturning a 12-point deficit to dethrone Newcastle United, no pressure Cristiano.

Old Trafford expects

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The return of Ronaldo has captivated the world of football and made United box office viewing once again.

But despite him being 36-years-old, the signing of Ronaldo brings expectancy. Pressure is something both Ronaldo and Cantona thrive off, they love carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders and driving their team on.

Gary Neville described Cantona’s build-up ahead of his return against Liverpool to Sky Sports as a “media circus”, but admitted the “buzz” and “presence” Cantona brought to the dressing room was “enormous”.

Nicky Butt described having him back was “like a ship having its captain back”. Brian McClair felt it was inevitable that Cantona would score against Liverpool, “It’s Eric’s stage, Eric’s the lead actor and Eric delivers the best lines,” said McClair.

Ronaldo isn’t returning against Liverpool, but he’s a man obsessed with being the best and breaking records, he’ll want Old Trafford to be registered as the loudest it has ever been on Saturday.

United fans have been gripped by Ronaldo’s return and having ridden a wave of positivity ever since his resigning was confirmed. Old Trafford promises to be an unbelievable atmosphere on Saturday, which could be unrivalled.

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