Cristiano Ronaldo admits he was ‘so nervous’ before making his dream Manchester United homecoming to Newcastle… and is adamant his ‘fantastic’ team can win big trophies when they ‘mature’
Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed a fairytale start to his homecoming at Manchester United after scoring a brace in the win against Newcastle, but admitted he was feeling ‘super nervous’ before kick-off.
Superstar Ronaldo, 36, got off to a flying start at Old Trafford after sealing his return from Juventus with two hits, one by a poacher on a rebound and another with a powerful drive from the keeper.
He was serenaded by the crowd throughout the match, but after the final whistle revealed that the early jitters had begun.
Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he felt ‘nervous’ ahead of his second Manchester United debut
“When I started the match I was so nervous, I swear,” Ronaldo said BBC sports. “But I think it was normal because I didn’t expect them to be singing my name the whole game.
‘I was very nervous. Maybe I didn’t show it, but I was. As I said before, the reception is unbelievable. I’m here to win games, help the team and help the club get where they deserve.”
United reached the top of the Premier League rankings after securing the three points, which came after Javier Manquillo’s equalizing goal threatened to disrupt Ronaldo’s celebration.
Superstar Ronaldo scored two goals in United’s win over Newcastle to amaze again
But the veteran made sure to steal the show after dazzling on his second debut, and he’s also opened up with his sense of pride.
Looking back on his first goal, Ronaldo added: “It was an incredible moment. I was super nervous.
“I was thinking last night about what I wanted: to play well, to show that I can still help the team. When I started the game I was super nervous, they were singing my name. This club, it’s incredible.
‘I feel so proud. I’m going to give everything to make them proud of me.’
Ronaldo (right) candid about his sense of pride, admitted he got pre-match jitters
Ronaldo also praised his team-mates, saying United must be ‘mature’ to compete for trophies
His sights are also high during his second United stint, with references to the top flight and Champions League trophies also falling in the same interview.
Ronaldo greeted his team-mates and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and said: “We have a fantastic team, a young team, with a fantastic coach.
“But we have to build confidence, the team has to be mature if we want to win the league and win the Champions League. I think we’re doing it in a good way.
“We have to win games, build the confidence, build the team and I’m here to help the team.”