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What number is Ronaldo for Man U?

Cristiano Ronaldo has reclaimed the No.7 shirt at Old Trafford after sealing a sensational return to Manchester United last week. Cristiano Ronaldo has reclaimed his iconic No.7 shirt at Manchester United. Manchester Evening NewsCristiano Ronaldo reacts to his Manchester United shirt number

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Ronaldo arrives at Carrington

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18yrs after his first session at United in 2003

With challenges to come at home and abroad in the near future, including Saturday’s Premier League match against Newcastle and next Tuesday’s start of the Champions League at Young Boys, it is hoped the striker will be ready to assist United and begin to have an immediate impact in his second spell at the club.

Look who's arrived at Carrington! @Cristiano Ole #MUFC

Ronaldo was given permission to leave Portugal's national team camp early after picking up a suspension for yellow card accumulation that ruled him out of the nation’s qualifier against Azerbaijan.

Ronnie had to quarantine for five days upon his return to England. He finally met up with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a number of his new Manchester United teammates at Carrington training ground as he gets set for his potential second debut on Saturday, Sept. 11 against Newcastle United.

He will now have four more days to get up to speed before United’s next Premier League outing, with Newcastle due to arrive at Old Trafford on Saturday. Ronaldo had completed preseason training with Juventus prior to his transfer in the days leading up to the Aug. 31 close.

Steve Bruce may go ultra defensive to prevent Manchester United trouncing

Geordie Boot Boys - Newcastle United F.C. News 07 September, 2021 - 12:15pm

If there was ever a game that Newcastle United and Steve Bruce didn’t want after an international break, Manchester United away would be high on that list.

Throw into the mix an emotional homecoming for one of football’s greatest ever players, Cristiano Ronaldo, a depleted Newcastle side will head to a rocking Old Trafford fearing the worst.

Bruce’s ability to hurt Manchester United will be significantly reduced if the fears about Callum Wilson’s injury being worse than first feared come to fruition.

So the question is how will Bruce approach taking on his former side?

With injury concerns surrounding Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden, as well as Miguel Almiron’s availability being thrown into doubt according to the Daily Mail, after he wasn’t released to represent Paraguay during the international break, Bruce has several selection dilemmas.

It’s almost nigh on impossible that Bruce will set his team up to go after Manchester United because that will play right into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s hands.

With Wilson possibly facing an extended spell on the sidelines, Allan Saint-Maximin could face being deployed as a lone front man with Bruce opting to pack out the defence and midfield.

There is every possibility that Bruce could go with a 5-4-1 formation, sitting in a low block and attempting to frustrate United and starve them of space in behind.

If Almiron and Wilson are unavailable then the likes of Emil Krafth and Jamal Lewis could be recalled to double up in the wide areas to present crosses being delivered into the likes of Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.

Other options could include Jeff Hendrick coming into midfield or Fabian Schar being pushed further forward and Ciaran Clark earning a recall.

But it seems very unlikely that the likes of Dwight Gayle or Joelinton will come into the starting line-up. You could make a case for the Brazilian to play and be used as a target man to take pressure off his side when they are inevitably under the cosh.

But the 25-year-old will likely be against two defenders who dominate aerially in Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane.

Bruce will be hoping that his side can nick a goal from a set piece and crash the Ronaldo homecoming party, but in order for his side to get a set piece in a dangerous position they’ll have to show attacking intent and it’s hard to see where that will come from bar Saint-Maximin.

A negative approach won’t go down well with fans, but it might be for the best. Newcastle need to be much more solid than they have been so far this season. If not, they could be on the end of a hammering.

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Steve Bruce may go ultra defensive to prevent Manchester United trouncing

Manchester United 07 September, 2021 - 12:15pm

If there was ever a game that Newcastle United and Steve Bruce didn’t want after an international break, Manchester United away would be high on that list.

Throw into the mix an emotional homecoming for one of football’s greatest ever players, Cristiano Ronaldo, a depleted Newcastle side will head to a rocking Old Trafford fearing the worst.

Bruce’s ability to hurt Manchester United will be significantly reduced if the fears about Callum Wilson’s injury being worse than first feared come to fruition.

So the question is how will Bruce approach taking on his former side?

With injury concerns surrounding Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden, as well as Miguel Almiron’s availability being thrown into doubt according to the Daily Mail, after he wasn’t released to represent Paraguay during the international break, Bruce has several selection dilemmas.

It’s almost nigh on impossible that Bruce will set his team up to go after Manchester United because that will play right into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s hands.

With Wilson possibly facing an extended spell on the sidelines, Allan Saint-Maximin could face being deployed as a lone front man with Bruce opting to pack out the defence and midfield.

There is every possibility that Bruce could go with a 5-4-1 formation, sitting in a low block and attempting to frustrate United and starve them of space in behind.

If Almiron and Wilson are unavailable then the likes of Emil Krafth and Jamal Lewis could be recalled to double up in the wide areas to present crosses being delivered into the likes of Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.

Other options could include Jeff Hendrick coming into midfield or Fabian Schar being pushed further forward and Ciaran Clark earning a recall.

But it seems very unlikely that the likes of Dwight Gayle or Joelinton will come into the starting line-up. You could make a case for the Brazilian to play and be used as a target man to take pressure off his side when they are inevitably under the cosh.

But the 25-year-old will likely be against two defenders who dominate aerially in Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane.

Bruce will be hoping that his side can nick a goal from a set piece and crash the Ronaldo homecoming party, but in order for his side to get a set piece in a dangerous position they’ll have to show attacking intent and it’s hard to see where that will come from bar Saint-Maximin.

A negative approach won’t go down well with fans, but it might be for the best. Newcastle need to be much more solid than they have been so far this season. If not, they could be on the end of a hammering.

Passionate Football fan that completed a NCTJ-accredited Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism in 2016.

When is Cristiano Ronaldo's Man Utd debut and how to watch | Goal.com

Goal.com 07 September, 2021 - 11:49am

Cristiano Ronaldo made a sensational switch to Manchester United this summer, returning to the club that elevated his status to superstar level.

The Portugal captain left Juventus during the summer transfer window for a £20 million ($28m) fee, and has been reunited with his signature No.7 jersey after former occupant Edinson Cavani vacated it for the No.21.

So when will the striker make his second debut with the Red Devils, and how can it be watched? Goal takes a look.

Ronaldo is expected to make his second bow for the Red Devils on Saturday September 11, in a Premier League fixture against Newcastle at Old Trafford.

The match kicks off at 3pm UK time.

There have been reports that Ronaldo could instead be making his full debut on Tuesday September 14 in the Champions League against Young Boys, due to the striker having to isolate in accordance with Covid-19 rules following international duty with Portugal.

It was suggested that due to the limited time that Ronaldo would be able to train with his new team-mates ahead of Saturday's game, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could delay his full debut until the Champions League fixture.

But Manchester United have excited supporters with an update of Ronaldo having joined training on September 7, hinting that the forward could very well still be set to make an appearance this weekend.

While they did not confirm that Ronaldo will certainly make his debut against the Magpies, they strongly clued in as such. 

"With challenges to come at home and abroad in the near future, including Saturday's Premier League match against Newcastle and next Tuesday's start of the Champions League at Young Boys, it is hoped the striker will be ready to assist the side and begin to have an immediate impact in his second spell at the club," a statement from the Man Utd official website read.

"With the rest of our international contingent due to return to Carrington in the coming days, the countdown is beginning in earnest to Saturday's 15:00 BST kick-off with the Magpies."

Ronaldo's second Man Utd debut will not be shown on television, due to the game being played at 3pm on Saturday.

English football rules state that matches played at 3pm on Saturdays are forbidden to be broadcasted, as per the 3pm blackout guidelines.

While the 3pm football blackout might come to the frustration of many, Old Trafford match-goers on Saturday will be afforded the privilege of being the only people able to witness Ronaldo's second debut with the club live.

In the UK, there is no option to watch Ronaldo's second debut unless you have a ticket to the game at the Theatre of Dreams.

Highlights will be available to watch once the game ends on the Manchester United official website for interested fans, as well as on BBC's Match of the Day in the regular roundup.

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Ronaldo reports to Carrington

Manchester United 07 September, 2021 - 08:26am

Cristiano Ronaldo has spent his first day back at Carrington after rejoining the club before the end of the summer transfer window.

In what was sure to be an emotional occasion for our no.7, he arrived at the base where he honed his world-class talents on Tuesday morning, with the special moments captured by our official photographers.

Back on familiar territory, he was eager to get started on this latest exciting chapter of his United career, after breaking the men's international goals record while with Portugal last week.

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As he is suspended for his country's World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan this evening (Tuesday), Ronaldo was granted permission to come to Manchester last Thursday.

Cristiano met with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his former team-mate, in the manager's office before being introduced to the players who are currently hard at work in training.

The spectacular signing from Juventus joined the session with his colleagues and wasted no time in getting acquainted with the group.

With challenges to come at home and abroad in the near future, including Saturday's Premier League match against Newcastle and next Tuesday's start of the Champions League at Young Boys, it is hoped the striker will be ready to assist the side and begin to have an immediate impact in his second spell at the club.

With the rest of our international contingent due to return to Carrington in the coming days, the countdown is beginning in earnest to Saturday's 15:00 BST kick-off with the Magpies.

MUTV, the Official App and ManUtd.com will provide extensive coverage of the Old Trafford encounter, which promises to be an occasion to savour.

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'Don’t ever compare me to Ronaldo' - Chelsea striker Lukaku on Prem firepower

Football365 07 September, 2021 - 07:50am

Date published: Tuesday 7th September 2021 1:50 - Joe Williams

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has said that he should “never” be compared to Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Belgium international re-signed for the Blues this summer for £97.5m after hammering in 64 goals in 95 appearances for Inter Milan in all competitions.

In the same window, Ronaldo has also returned to his former club, Man Utd, and there is already talk of who will score the most goals in the Premier League this season.

But Lukaku is having none of the comparisons with the Portugal superstar, who he thinks is one of the “top three best players in the history of football”.

Speaking in a press conference on international duty with Belgium, Lukaku said: “Don’t ever compare me to Cristiano Ronaldo, never.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is, for me, in the top three best players in the history of football. I’m not going to rank him from first to third but he’s in there.

“What he has achieved in football today for players of my generation is something exceptional.”

On Ronaldo’s return to Man Utd and the Premier League, Lukaku added: “I was lucky enough to play against him in Italy and now that he’s back in the Premier League, it’s all good for English football.

“As for the rest, comparing statistics and all that, it’s useless.”

But former Premier League striker Darren Bent is tipping Lukaku to shine this season with competition for the Golden Boot coming from Ronaldo.

“I’m going to say, this season, Lukaku,” Bent said on talkSPORT. “I think when you look at Chelsea and the goals that they get, I think a lot of them are going to come through Lukaku.

“Yes we know how good Ronaldo is, but Mason Greenwood is going to chip in with some, Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani, whereas if Lukaku is fit he’s playing.

“Chelsea bought him for a purpose, in terms of that he has to play, he was the missing piece of the jigsaw that centre forward. I know Ronaldo will get his, I’ve got no doubts about that, but I think Lukaku, he’s 1-0 up anyway!”

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Why millions could miss seeing Ronaldo's Man United return live on TV

ESPN 07 September, 2021 - 07:00am

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As the football world works through the remainder of the first international break of the season, many fans are already looking forward to the weekend as the Premier League prepares for what might be Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United.

Over a decade since he departed, Ronaldo is back and eligible to make his second United debut as they prepare to face Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Fresh from becoming the all-time top goal scorer in men's internationals last Wednesday, Ronaldo left the Portugal squad and flew into the U.K. on Friday. After undergoing his mandatory five-day quarantine period, on Tuesday he rocked up at United's Carrington training ground, where he will only have time to squeeze in a couple of training sessions with his new/old club before their next game.

Look who's arrived at Carrington! 😍 @Cristiano 🤝 Ole #MUFC

However, sources have told ESPN's Rob Dawson that United remain hopeful the 36-year-old will be fit and ready to play at least some part despite completing his blockbuster transfer from Juventus just eight days ago.

The bad news for those in the UK is that the Newcastle match won't be broadcast live on television there, denying millions of fans the chance to witness him play in the United No. 7 shirt for the first time since 2009.

With the weekend's fixtures to be shown live by British broadcasters selected weeks ago, it is too late to move the Man United-Newcastle game from its 3 p.m. kick-off time, meaning it can't be broadcast live in the U.K. This is due to a stipulation that has stood in place in the U.K. for well over 40 years: the "3 p.m. blackout," as it has become known.

The rule states that no game of any kind, be that Premier League, Championship, or even Bundesliga or LaLiga, can be broadcast live on British television on a Saturday between 2.45 p.m. and 5.15 p.m.. The rule originally excluded the FA Cup final, but since 2012 that showpiece at Wembley has kicked off at 5:15 p.m..

The rule has been in place since the 1960s, when it was originally proposed by Burnley chairman Bob Lord who argued that televising traditional 3 p.m. Saturday kick-offs would negatively affect match-going audiences throughout the English football pyramid -- from the top tier of the professional game down to non-league amateur matches. Football has been broadcast on British television since 1938, though the airing of regular live matches didn't become a fixture in the schedules until the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Lord was adamant that showing 3 p.m. kick-offs on television would "damage and undermine" stadium attendances by enticing supporters to stay in and watch the game at home. He even went as far as banning BBC cameras from showing live games at Turf Moor for five years to prevent this from happening. An outspoken opponent of televised football in general, Lord gradually convinced his fellow Football League chairmen that showing 3 p.m. kick-offs would decimate their precious matchday revenue streams and sure enough, it was adopted nationwide shortly thereafter. The rule has been observed ever since and is the reason why the final day of the Premier League season is always scheduled on a Sunday, thus allowing all 10 matches to take place simultaneously at 3 p.m..

The broadcast ban was suspended last year as part of the Premier League's "Project Restart" to allow fans barred from stadiums due to the COVID-19 pandemic to watch matches being played behind closed doors, though it has since been reinstated for the 2021-22 season as fans have returned to games.

While all radio coverage is exempt, the rule does extend to all foreign matches shown live on U.K. television, with many channels having to start their coverage of some Spanish and Italian games (for example) with the first portion of the match already elapsed.

The rule is observed in England not to protect attendances in the Premier League but those throughout the other levels of the English football pyramid -- the deepest league system in Europe in terms of matchday attendances.

It also isn't necessarily in place to dissuade a season-ticket holder of a lower league club from attending their game in favour of watching a glitzy Premier League game on television. It's to encourage casual fans to keep the turnstiles ticking at smaller clubs, thus providing much-needed footfall and walk-up revenue.

Many of these lower-league clubs rely heavily on this Saturday 3 p.m. income to stay in business.

Of course, there's no real way of knowing if rescinding the rule would substantially damage attendances and takings and send the entire pyramid into disarray without doing so. Perhaps fans would still rather stand in the howling wind and lashing rain while watching their local clubs at 3 p.m. on a Saturday, despite a Premier League game being shown on television, but the risk of the pyramid collapsing from the bottom up is simply too great.

You might be wondering why other top leagues in Europe and around the world don't observe a similar rule and this is simply because none of them view one specific kick-off slot with the same level of reverence, through the whole league system, as much as English/British football does Saturday at 3 p.m. In fact, due to the wider dispersal of kick-off times in other big leagues such as LaLiga (Spain), Bundesliga (Germany) and Serie A (Italy), they don't even qualify to put a broadcast ban in place.

As per UEFA statutes, 50% of games in the top two divisions must kick off simultaneously in order for a 2.5-hour broadcast ban to be established. In England and Scotland this is the case (73% and 90% respectively) though over in Germany that figure is as low as 28%. In Italy it's just 15%, while in Spain there are no simultaneous LaLiga kick-offs at all to avoid clustering.

The 3 p.m. Saturday kick-off has been part of the fabric of English football since the 19th century, as traditionally working people across the country would flood out of the factories following a morning shift and straight into football grounds. The reality of the situation is that no other league does it quite the same way.

So there you have it: the reason why the domestic fans of Manchester United won't be able to watch Ronaldo's return is one that has its roots at the very beginnings of league football in England, and is there to protect its future.

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