Cristiano Ronaldo is back and he’s back scoring goals at Old Trafford as the Portuguese superstar netted a brace in their 4-1 win over Newcastle.

As expected Old Trafford was a furnace of noise right from kick off, as United fans looked to welcome back their prodigal son and the 36-year-old hitman Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut match did not disappoint.

But despite the fanfare, neither side created much in a sluggish start to this one, as an eager Ronaldo whistled one just past Karl Darlow’s post.

But despite looking certain to end goalless at the break it was Ronaldo’s razor sharp instinct that edged United in front.

Mason Greenwood’s powerful drive was fumbled by Darlow and Ronaldo was on it like a flash to bury his first United goal since 2009.

But regardless of United and Ronaldo’s best efforts after the break Newcastle’s threat on the counter forced an equaliser for the Magpies.

Miguel Almiron’s driving run freed up Allan Saint-Maximin as Javi Manquillo overlapped on to his pass as the Spanish defender smashed past David De Gea.

However, there was to be no shocks on Ronaldo’s debut as the man of the moment wrapped it up with 25 to go.

Luke Shaw’s burst through the middle scattered the Newcastle back line and Ronaldo strode on to crack one home in front of the Stretford End.

But on Ronaldo’s debut match day, his Portuguese teammate Bruno Fernandes offered a little reminder of what he can, as the midfield star bulleted past Darlow before substitute Jesse Lingard smuggled home a fourth in added time.

Full Time from Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 4 Newcastle 1

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