Ronaldo scores a brace on second debut for Man United

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Manchester, Sep 11 (IANS) Cristiano Ronaldo struck a brace of goals in his first match on return to Manchester United on Saturday. Ronaldo scored twice — his first in the first-half added time and then in 62nd minute — on his second debut for the club as the Red Devils defeated Newcastle United 4-1 at the Old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandes (80th minute) and Jesse Lingard (90+2) scored late goals to send Manchester United to the top of the table with 10 points from four matches. Manchester City were second with nine points.

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Ronaldo had recently moved to Manchester United — the club at which he had made a name for himself, from Italian champions Juventus. From United, the Portuguese superstar had gone to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Back in his favourite role for United after a gap of 12 years, CR7 needed the first half to get going as he opened the scoring for United in first-half injury time.

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After missing a couple of half-chances, Ronaldo got his first goal when he capitalised on a chance after Newcastle keeper Freddie Woodman spilled the ball inside the six-yard box off an effort by Mason Greenwood. Ronaldo was the quickest to react and tapped the ball into the goal to make it 1-0 for United.

Ronaldo had scored his 84th and last goal for Manchester United 12 years and 124 days ago.

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Though Newcastle restored parity early in the second half via Javier Manquiilo, Ronaldo put United ahead again in the 62nd minute, capitalising on an inch-perfect pass by Luke Shaw to slip in a left-footer between goalkeeper Woodman’s legs.

At 36-year 281 days, Ronaldo became the oldest player to score a brace in a Premier League match.

In other matches on Saturday, Arsenal beat Norwich 1-0, Manchester City defeated Leicester City by a solitary goal, Brentford lost 0-1 to Brighton, Wolverhampton beat Watford 2-0 while Crystal Palace thrashed Tottenham Hotspur 3-0.



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