Cristiano Ronaldo is back as Manchester United beat Newcastle United by four goals to one in which he scored two crucial goals for us. It will be a day that will live long in the memory of every United fan. The Red Devils had to be patient against the opposition in the first half as we looked to break down their defences. The breakthrough for United came just before the half time whistle when Ronaldo scored after Mason Greenwood’s shot was parried by the Newcastle goalkeeper into the path of the Portuguese international.
The second half saw Newcastle United catch out our defence to score their equaliser. However, United regroup again and Ronaldo hit his second of the game at the Stretford End to send everyone inside the stadium into wild celebrations. Bruno Fernandes then scored the goal of the game when his strike from outside of the box went into the top left corner of the goal. Jesse Lingard then rounded off the good performance by getting our fourth goal.
Here we look at five things we learned after another great day at Old Trafford.
1. The Perfect Return For Ronaldo
The anticipation had already built to a fever pitch ahead of the game and the question was would Ronaldo start. There was nothing to fear as when the teams were announced, our number 7 would grace the Old Trafford pitch once again. The fans were singing his name right from the start all through way until long after the game had finished. United had been heading into half time locked in a stalemate having been frustrated by Newcastle United and with their goalkeeper keen on wasting as much time as possible.
The moment arrived that every United fan had been waiting when on half time Ronaldo scored probably one of the easiest goals through a tap in two yards from goal. This had followed a mistake from Newcastle’s goalkeeper Freddie Woodman who could not gather Mason Greenwood’s effort at goal. Rather than a superb strike or a header, the fact that Ronaldo scored was all that matter at that moment.
When Newcastle scored their equaliser, it could have been an even more frustrating afternoon for the Red Devils. But United responded in style and it was Ronaldo again who’s shot through the Newcastle goalkeeper’s legs put us back in front. It was a brilliant return for Ronaldo and you can see the difference he has already made to this United team.
2. Old Trafford was at fever pitch
Without any fans at Old Trafford last season due to lockdown, the return of Ronaldo, and our other new signings in Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, the atmosphere levels have gone up a notch since our return. Our first game against Leeds was incredible in terms of the noise but it seems it was even louder for the Newcastle game.
With the fans now back inside the stadium, it is clear to see that United players are benefitting from having us there. As highlighted during the game, when United was on the attack and then retreated back towards the defence, the fans urged them to attack attack attack.
3. Bruno Fernandes with another superb goal
Whilst the headlines will inevitably be about Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes still had his influence on the game. After watching his fellow Portuguese teammate get two goals, Fernandes hit a superb strike from outside the box to go into the top left corner of the goal. He has been the best player in the Premier League since arriving at the club back in January 2020. His influence on this side is evident to see. Bruno is the engine room of this United side as he pushes the tempo.
4. Fighting Spirit
Just like United did against in our first game against Leeds, we conceded the equaliser after being in control for most of the first 55 minutes. The Red Devils used this setback to wake themselves up and go on the attack again. Six minutes after conceding, Ronaldo rifled home to put United 2-1 up. We were adept at coming from behind in games last season that had no fans inside the stadium. However, it seems now in front of us fans they are finding that extra gear in games. We would rather not let the opposition back in but when it does happen, United have the perfect response.
5. United sits top of the table
Manchester United sits top of the table level on the same points as Chelsea and 1 point clear of our neighbours Manchester City. Though it is too early to tell but United is well and truly capable of carrying on this good form they have. It has been a good start to the league campaign along with an excellent summer transfer window, there is nothing that can stop this side from challenging for the Premier League title.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær said to BBC Sport after our 4-1 that United fans can happily dream of what could be achieved with the squad this season.