Cristiano Ronaldo sends message to fans after brace in Manchester United debut
Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked his teammates and fans for their support after scoring twice on his second debut for the Manchester United.
Ronaldo was named in the United starting line-up for the first game since signing from Juventus on deadline day and rewarded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's faith in him by scoring twice and playing the full 90 minutes in the Reds' 4-1 win at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo broke the deadlock just before half-time when he tapped in after the goalkeeper fumbled a Mason Greenwood strike, before Newcastle equalised through Javier Manquillo. Ronaldo then doubled his tally and restored United's lead with a low left-footed strike through the goalkeeper's legs, before goals from Bruno Fernandes and substitute Jesse Lingard wrapped up the three points.
The 36-year-old was praised by fans for the immediate impact his performance had but the legendary number 7 took to Instagram to send out a big thank you message to everyone at once.
In a short post, the Portugal legend said: "My return to Old Trafford was just a brief reminder of why this stadium is known as the Theater of Dreams. For me, it has always been a magical place where you can achieve everything you set your mind into.
"Along with all my teammates and with the amazing support that we always get from the stands, we face the road ahead with confidence and optimism that we’ll all be celebrating together in the end.
"Proud to be back at Man. United and playing in the Premier League once again, but above all, happy to help the team!
"Let’s go, Devils!"
The Reds will now have a short break before returning to action in the Champions League on Tuesday evening against Young Boys in Switzerland.