The Portuguese club legend opened the scoring against Newcastle United with an opportunistic finish from close range, after goalkeeper Freddie Woodman spilled Mason Greenwood’s shot. Javier Manquillo equalised for the visitors after the restart, but this day belonged to Cristiano Ronaldo and our iconic no.7 restored the lead with a powerful shot that flew through the legs of Woodman.
Bruno Fernandes made it 3-1 with a stunning strike from range and, deep into added time, substitute Jesse Lingard rounded off the win with an impressive effort into the far corner.
"My return to Old Trafford was just a brief reminder why this stadium is known as the Theater of Dreams. For me, it has always been a magical place where you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to", he said.
Later, he also had words for the fans and his teammates, wanting to show his commitment to the club: "Together with my teammates and the incredible support we received from the stands, we face the road ahead. Proud to be back in Manchester United, but most of all, happy to help the team".