Watch Ronaldo’s hat-trick v Newcastle in full!
Cristiano Ronaldo could make his first Manchester United appearance in over 12 years during our Premier League fixture against Newcastle on Saturday.
Club action returns this weekend with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side welcoming the Magpies to Old Trafford, in what will also be our first game since Ronaldo’s return to United was officially confirmed.
If his second debut is to come in this weekend’s 15:00 BST kick-off, it is unknown as yet whether it will be from the start or from the bench, but one thing we do know is that Cristiano is back at Carrington in the meantime, and in training with his new team-mates.
And if you are like us, you will have most likely been feasting on clips of memorable moments aplenty from the Portuguese’s iconic first spell at the club, over the international break, to help count down the days.
If that's your kind of thing, we have some good news for you ahead of Saturday...
The full 90 minutes will be available to watch from 19:00 BST on Thursday 9 September on MUTV, via ManUtd.com and in our Official App.
After a goalless first half at Old Trafford, it was Cristiano who led United’s return to the top in front of a 75,000-strong crowd following the interval, turning on the style and producing one of his most memorable showings in a United shirt to date.
The forward broke the deadlock less than four minutes after the break, smartly firing a low free-kick under the jumping Newcastle wall and into the net to the joy of a raucous Stretford End.
At that point, the game looked to be winding down to a comfortable close for the Reds but as time told, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side weren’t done there, with Rio Ferdinand popping up to stretch the advantage to four on 85 minutes.
Then came Ronaldo's match-ball moment. He kept his composure to control the ball in front of a crowded box and fake the shot before finding the net with his eventual low effort, a 22nd of the season in all competitions.
Tevez rounded off the scoring by securing his brace in stoppage time, while former Red Alan Smith was also sent off for Newcastle in the closing stages, but it was Ronaldo who understandably took the headlines upon helping United back to the top of the Premier League, with the Reds of course going on to claim a second-successive title, at the end of the season.
Tune in to Thursday’s live stream of our 6-0 win over Newcastle United from January 2008, via MUTV, ManUtd.com and our Official App. It gets underway at 19:00 BST.