Cristiano Ronaldo was all smiles as he arrived for his first full day of training at Manchester United’s Carrington complex ahead of his potential second debut this weekend.
United’s new No 7 did report to the training ground for the first time on Tuesday to speak with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and meet some of his new team-mates before joining in a session with the squad members not away on international duty.
However, he will take part in a full session for the first time on Wednesday as United assess whether he is ready to play some part in the visit of Newcastle to Old Trafford on Saturday.
Ronaldo’s return to Carrington on Tuesday was the first time he has been back at United’s training base since leaving the club 12 years ago for Real Madrid in a then-world-record £80m transfer.
The 36-year-old could be in line to make his second United debut in Saturday’s Premier League match against Newcastle or, alternatively, or in their Champions League group-stage opener away at Young Boys on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo gives a thumbs up to fans as he arrives at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground, as Peter Stevenson reports.
“It is hoped the striker will be ready to assist the side and begin to have an immediate impact in his second spell at the club,” a Manchester United statement read.
Ronaldo, who was signed from Juventus on a two-year contract, arrived in Manchester last Thursday after being released early from the Portugal squad after picking up a suspension.
Ronaldo is in fine goalscoring form after scoring two late goals in Portugal’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland last Wednesday to become the highest-scoring international men’s footballer ever.
Manchester United host Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday, September 11 (kick-off 3pm).