Cristiano Ronaldo will make a long-awaited second debut for Manchester United on Saturday, while Arsenal aim to make their mark on the Premier League table.
Ronaldo made a name for himself as a world star in six trophies, filling years with United between 2003 and 2009 before departing for Real Madrid in a world record move.
The Portuguese superstar returns to Manchester at the age of 36 with five Ballon d’Or crowns and five Champions League to his name, but still with an insatiable thirst for goals.
After winning the Golden Boot at Euro 2020 and Serie A with Juventus last season, Ronaldo set another personal record by becoming the top scorer in international soccer history last week.
However, United, who host Newcastle on Saturday, are no longer the conquering team he left with Alex Ferguson.
Since Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, the Red Devils have failed to seriously challenge the PreMi League title.
But Ronaldo’s international and now teammate at the club, Bruno Fernandes, believes the entire team will be inspired by playing alongside one of the greatest players of all time.
“We know the enthusiasm will be red hot,” Fernandes said. “Everyone knows that Cristiano is in the house.
“Everyone is very confident and happy that he is back, the players too.
“We know what it can give us, and our goal, like Cristiano’s, is to win. With him, we know that we are closer to winning (trophies). “
After a promising start, with seven points in their first three games, Unite are in a group of five teams, two points behind leaders Tottenham.
United are one of five Premier League clubs to be affected by a ban on Brazilian internationals, who were not released to play for their country due to strict coronavirus rules.
Premier League clubs announced that they would not release players for international matches in countries on the UK red list for travel, which would have meant players would have to spend 10 days in quarantine in a government-mandated hotel upon their return.
The Brazilian soccer association (CBF) said it had asked FIFA’s global governing body to invoke regulations for the players’ bar for five days after an international break if their clubs do not release them.
Fred could miss United’s clash against Newcastle and Tuesday’s Champions League trip to the Young Boys.
Liverpool and Manchester City are hit the hardest, with their first-choice goalkeepers likely absent.
Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino will miss the Reds’ trip to Leeds, who will be there themselves.Infobarcelona.cat Brief news.