According to The Times, Cristiano Ronaldo has now been told he’ll be allowed to make his second debut for Manchester United when Newcastle come to town next Saturday.
The 36-year-old superstar was due to play in Portugal’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan next Tuesday – and would’ve missed our game had he done so – however he’s now suspended for that game after picking up a booking in a dramatic 2-1 win over the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night.
As a result, his five-day isolation period has now been brought forward, with him granted leave by his national side on Thursday and expected to arrive back in Manchester in good time for our trip to Old Trafford next weekend.
Ronaldo showed his class in his country’s first World Cup qualifier of the international break the night before last.
He missed a penalty after being fouled by none other than Jeff Hendrick, saw his side go 1-0 down moments later and looked set to be on the wrong end of a shock defeat, only to break Irish hearts with an 89th minute equaliser AND 96th minute winner to hand Portugal a 2-1 victory
Two stunning headers – making him become the top scoring international footballer of all time – and a late yellow card (for taking his shirt off) that could come back to haunt Steve Bruce a week tomorrow!
The former Juventus and Real Madrid star scored 36 goals in Italy last season, being involved in 98 goals in 98 games during his time in Serie A.
After conceding eight goals in three games against West Ham, Aston Villa and Southampton so far this season, we’ll need to sort ourselves out defensively if we’re to keep Ronaldo quiet…