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Cristiano Ronaldo pictured on Old Trafford pitch ahead of Man Utd debut

Jamie Spencer
Cristiano Ronaldo is just days away from playing for Man Utd again
Cristiano Ronaldo is just days away from playing for Man Utd again / Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo has taken his first steps on the pitch at Old Trafford following his sensational homecoming to Manchester United last month.

Ronaldo is expected to make his second debut for the club on Saturday against Newcastle United, when he will be presented to the home fans even if he does not start the game.

Excitement among fans has reached unbelievable levels as the Newcastle game edges nearer and nearer, with some rumours of match tickets changing hands for up to £2,500.

Ronaldo left international duty with Portugal early and reported for training with United on Wednesday morning in preparation – he could yet start against Newcastle or begin as a substitute.

The 36-year-old made his return to the Old Trafford pitch later on Wednesday, with social media leaking images of him taking a walk on the hallowed turf with former United teammate Wes Brown, and now the full video has arrived.

Ronaldo has also now been added to the enormous mural adorning the front of Old Trafford’s west stand and his face will be one of the first things that fans approaching the stadium from that direction on Saturday afternoon see.

The mural went up earlier in the summer and features a host of United stars, including fellow new signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. Women’s team players Ella Toone and Jackie Groenen also prominently feature.

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