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Cristiano Ronaldo admits he was "super nervous" before second Man Utd debut

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he was "super nervous" ahead of his second debut for Manchester United against Newcastle.

The 36-year-old's return to Old Trafford was highly anticipated and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave the Old Trafford fans what they wanted, to see their club legend in the starting XI.

The striker berth was his, though he adopted as many as four different positions throughout the game, and he repaid his new manager's faith.

Two goals from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner provided United with the foundation for a 4-1 victory that lifted them to the top of the Premier League table.

Ronaldo has conquered England, Spain and Italy at club level and also taken over the history books on the international stage with Portugal.

Yet despite having been there and done it all, he was still anxious about the game before kick-off.

"I was very nervous but maybe I didn’t show, but I was," Ronaldo said in a post match interview.

"As I said before the reception was incredible, but I’m here to win games, to help the team and to make the club where it deserves.

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"It was an unbelievable moment. As I told you before I was super nervous and I was just thinking last night what I want.

"You know, to play good, to show that I’m still capable to help the team and when I start the game I was super nervous and they sing my name, but this crowd, it’s unbelievable."

A tap-in on the stroke of half-time was a very understated first goal back for the five-time Balon d'Or winner but it was met with an emphatic roar from the adoring crowd.

Newcastle equalised but Ronaldo's second followed shortly after when Luke Shaw slipped him in and he finished low with his left foot from inside the box.

Bruno Fernandes extended the advantage to two goals before Jesse Lingard added a late stoppage time goal to put some gloss on the scoreline.

Red Devils fans will somehow be even more excited about Ronaldo's return than they were before the game, with a season of success holding serious potential.

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