Cristiano Ronaldo will make his second Manchester United debut Saturday when the Red Devils host Newcastle United in Premier League play. He's with the team and a confirmed starter for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team. The Portuguese superstar, who made his name at United well over 10 years ago, rejoined the squad just before the transfer window closed this summer from Juventus. Ronaldo won it all at United and hopes to do it again, providing this team a potential massive boost in its pursuit of silverware. The attacker did not play in the last two matches for the Portuguese national team, instead returning to England in preparation for his season debut, so he should be fresh.
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Here are the storylines, how you can watch the match and more:
Manchester United: The Red Devils have seven goals through three matches, but there has been some inconsistency there with the club long looking for a superstar striker to lead this team. The team hasn't had a pure striker reliably leading the line since Romelu Lukaku's tenure there, a spell which drew mixed reviews. Having Ronaldo should be a huge upgrade over what the team has now, mainly Edinson Cavani. It moves this team from a second-tier contender in the Premier League to one of the title favorites and also means plenty when it comes to Europe. Don't expect Ronaldo to take a while to get comfortable as he seems to fit into any team, no matter what.
Newcastle: Here we go again. One point from three games, no wins and just four goals scored means we may just see this team in another relegation battle this campaign. And it's crazy to think because they actually have quite a bit of quality going forward, but it is the defense that has been off. Steve Bruce's team has allowed at least two goals in every Premier League match, and Saturday should be no different. His team is going to need to produce multiple goals in attack to have any chance. Let's see how they respond to their biggest test of the season.
How to watch and odds
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 11 | Time: 10 a.m. ET
- Location: Old Trafford -- Manchester, England
- TV: USA Network
- Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
- Odds: Man. United -510; Draw +575; Newcastle +1400 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Ronaldo comes in off the bench and grabs his team's second, marking his return to Old Trafford with a dazzling 30-minute outing. Pick: Man. United 2, Newcastle 0
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