Manchester United players pleased with attribute Cristiano Ronaldo has brought to club

By Tyrone Marshall

David de Gea believes Cristiano Ronaldo's experience could be vital for the Manchester United squad this season.

The 36-year-old capped a fairytale return to the club with two goals in the 4-1 win against Newcastle on Saturday and he could make his second Champions League debut for United in Switzerland on Tuesday.

United begin their European campaign against Young Boys and they will be looking to improve on their recent record in the competition, having crashed out in the group stages last year and not gone past the quarter-finals in a decade.

Ronaldo brings plenty of experience in that competition to the squad, having won it four times with Real Madrid, as well his 2007/98 success with United in Moscow.

The forward has also won seven domestic titles with United, Real Madrid and Juventus and has won the Ballon d'Or five times.

De Gea is delighted to see Ronaldo back at the club he belongs and he identified that experience as a trait that could be crucial this term.

"It’s great to have Cristiano home. He showed already from the first day we played at Old Trafford his impact, he scored two goals, very important goals for us," said De Gea.

"You know the qualities but we were talking before, the experience of Cristiano is amazing, it’s great for us, he's a legend at the club already, it’s great to have him back and it’s massive for us."

De Gea has begun his own season in good form, helping United to 10 points from their first four Premier League games of the season.

He's begun the season with the gloves as a result of Dean Henderson's battle with Covid but is feeling happy with his own form so far.

"I feel strong, confident, I feel very happy at the club with my teammates, with the staff, with everyone," he said.

"I keep training 100% every day, use my focus and experience for the team and try to help."

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