It is two weeks since Manchester United announced an agreement to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.
After an inconveniently-timed international break, show time is nearly here.
United played one match prior to the break after the Ronaldo announcement, the 1-0 away win over Wolves.
Away fans in attendance were delirious with Ronaldo-fever, taking a cardboard cutout of the superstar to Molineux and singing chants in tribute to the Portuguese ace throughout.
Ronaldo was asked if he knew about this in his MUTV interview with Wes Brown, who said: “The last game, I don’t know if you know, but they sung your song the whole way through.”
Ronaldo explained that his international teammate had filled him in, responding: “Yeah, Bruno told me, Bruno told me.”
The pair had met up on international duty for Portugal and featured together last week in the win over Ireland.
Ronaldo explained that the positive fan feeling is part of the reason why he settled so quickly during his first spell, and makes it even easier second time around.
He said: “It is a good feeling. I know the people here are different. Since I touched on the ground in the airport on the first day, I felt the people’s emotion.”
He continued in his full transcript reported by The Mirror: “The supporters will be on our side, these fans are special. I hope they can push the team when they need it.”
Seeing Ronaldo back at Old Trafford is going to be special this weekend.
There will be fans in attendance who can barely remember his first spell as they were so young, and others who watched his every kick during 2003 and 2009.
The game against Newcastle feels like one United should win comfortably, even without Ronaldo. The 5-1 win over Leeds has instilled plenty of confidence into what this team can do with the Old Trafford crowd behind them.
With the game not being televised, Ronaldo’s return is the hottest ticket in town. The superstar is used to pressure, and whatever the expectations, he usually finds a way to surpass them.
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