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Cristiano Ronaldo Admits Feeling Nervous Before Making Second Manchester United Debut

By Amreen
Cristiano Ronaldo admitted to feeling 'nervous' ahead of his Manchester United second debut
Cristiano Ronaldo admitted to feeling 'nervous' ahead of his Manchester United second debut / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted to feeling nervous before making his second Manchester United debut at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The 36-year-old returned to the Premier League, 12 years after he left the Red Devils to join Real Madrid, and made his second debut for the club in a 4-1 win over Newcastle United.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner admitted English football is still the most special of all, despite spending time in Spain and Italy. "It’s unbelievable," said Ronaldo. "When I started the game I was so nervous, I swear. Maybe it didn’t show but I was. I didn’t expect to do that, to score two goals. Maybe one but not two. Of course, I'm happy to score the goals, I won't deny that, but the most important thing is the team.

"I belong to Manchester United. I arrived here at 18-years-old, they treated me unbelievably and this is why I came back. I'm so proud to be here and I want to win. Everyone knows that the football here in England is different than any part of the world. I've played everywhere and, to be honest, England is the most special one."

On scoring his second goal at the Stretford End before performing his trademark celebration, Ronaldo added: "It was an unbelievable moment. I was super nervous and I was thinking last night that what I want is to play well and show that I am still capable of helping the team.

"This crowd is unbelievable and I’m going to give everything to make them proud of me. I didn't expect they would sing all game my name. The reception is incredible, but I'm here to win games, to help the team and get the club back where they deserve.

"Manchester United need to be where they deserve. It’s to win to build a team, build a club and build a mentality this is what we are looking for."

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid tribute to Ronaldo for his performance and said: "Of course, everyone when they come into team has to introduce themselves. He said his name was Cristiano, that’s as much as I can say. Maybe not everyone knew his name but they do now.

"The atmosphere around the club has been electric. The supporters have really enjoyed the last 10 days or so since he signed. There were loads of expectations on the team and him, and he’s delivered. This is what Cristiano is about. This was a day for everyone to enjoy. He lifts everyone and gets everyone around the place so focussed."