Cristiano Ronaldo

When Cristiano Ronaldo could make his Man Utd debut

Tom Gott
Cristiano Ronaldo is preparing for his Man Utd return
Cristiano Ronaldo is preparing for his Man Utd return / Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make his second debut for Manchester United when Newcastle come to Old Trafford on Saturday, but he may have to wait a little longer for his first start.

Ronaldo, who sealed his move back to United on deadline day, is yet to arrive at the club as he was away on international duty at the time and has since been in quarantine, having left the Portugal camp early to speed the process up.

He touched down in England this weekend to begin his isolation period and has since been freed to head to Carrington, where he met manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Tuesday.

That gives Ronaldo three full days of training with the squad, so all the signs suggest he will be ready to make his second debut - but the final decision will rest with Solskjaer.

The boss was in no rush to introduce new signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to the starting lineup earlier this season, so there is a chance that Ronaldo begins the game on the bench, although he could still start - this is CR7 we're talking about.

Fans will still get a good look at their new signing even if he does not play, as he is expected to be presented to the Old Trafford faithful before the game,

Should Ronaldo miss out against Newcastle, his first start could come during the week, with United set to travel to Switzerland to take on Young Boys in the Champions League on September 14.

Fitness is not going to be a problem. While his involvement with Juventus was limited at the start of the season, he did play the full 90 in Portugal's 2-1 win over Ireland earlier this month, bagging both of his side's goals.

He has been training at home while in isolation to ensure that his fitness levels do not drop, so should Ronaldo not feature against Newcastle, it will likely be because of a tactical concern from Solskjaer, who wants his new signings to get up to speed with the rest of the squad before throwing them in at the deep end.