A Nervous Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Manchester United smash Newcastle 4-1 at Old Trafford (Match Highlights)
|Cristiano Ronaldo is airborne as he produces his customary celebration after scoring his first goal back in a Manchester United shirt. (Photo credit: premierleague.com)
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in his Old Trafford return to help Manchester United defeat Newcastle 4-1.
The 36-year-old forward, who returned to Red Devils for the first time since 2009, scored in first-half added time, much to the delight of an expectant home crowd.
And, while former Liverpool player Javier Manquillo equalised superbly on the counter-attack, Ronaldo was unstoppable, restoring the lead in front of the Stretford End.
"It was an unbelievable moment," said the Portuguese superstar. "I was nervous and I was thinking last night what I wanted - to play well, to show that I'm still capable to help the team. But it's unbelievable, I feel so proud and I'm going to give everything to make them proud of me."
Bruno Fernandes' stunning long-range strike and Jesse Lingard's late strike secured the victory, which moves United to the top of the Premier League table and has them dreaming of staying there with Ronaldo.
"This is what Man United is about, this is what Cristiano is about and this was a day for everyone to enjoy," added United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.