Manchester United Manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has revealed that the Portuguese is ready to feature in their match against Newcastle.
Cristiano Ronaldo who departed Old Trafford over a decade ago and built on his reputation to become a global superstar returned during the summer transfer window and his set to appear in front of his fans against the magpies.
CR7 returned from international duty earlier than anticipated after receiving a suspension ahead of Portugal’s second game of the international break and has been pictured training with his new teammates.
Solksjaer revealed this in the prematch press conference saying: “He’s been having a good pre-season with Juventus, played with the national team, and had a good week with us, he’ll definitely be on the pitch at some point, that’s for sure.”
Speaking about how he will manage Ronaldo, Solskjaer said: “He knows that I’ve got to make the decisions when to play him, when not to play him. Any player wants to play as much as possible, of course they do.
“It’s my job to manage him and get the best out of him. I want to see the best out of him and, of course, that comes with communication with him. He doesn’t need me to tell him what to do. He’s always had the determination and desire to be the best and he still has.”
When questioned about the availability of other players to feature in the match, he said:
“They’re all training. Dean [Henderson] has not got the after-effect (of Covid) and tiredness anymore, that’s very positive. Telles is not 100 per cent yet, he’ll still be a few weeks and Scott [McTominay] has recovered very quickly from the operation,”
“If he’s going to play or not, I’m not sure, but probably not, depending on who we’ve got available and who we can use. Jadon’s come back in with a minor knock but he has trained the last couple of days and is determined to be fit and he’s available so that’s a positive.
“Cristiano’s trained all week so he’s available. The internationals, we didn’t get anyone injured, Luke [Shaw], Harry [Maguire] and Victor [Lindelof], played late on Wednesday night so they’ve not had a lot of recovery but they will be available, I think.”