Cristiano Ronaldo urged his Manchester United team-mates to ‘sacrifice everything’ in a rousing speech
Cristiano Ronaldo urged his Manchester United team-mates to ‘sacrifice everything’ to bring back the glory days in a rousing speech the night before his second debut… and also aims for a ‘winning mentality’
- Cristiano Ronaldo gave Manchester United players a speech after returning
- The night before the win over Newcastle, Ronaldo emphasized a ‘winning mentality’
- Admitting United ‘took a trap’, he also said they had to ‘sacrifice everything’
- The Sun claims Ronaldo’s rousing words were treated to applause
- He then scored two goals in his emotional homecoming at Old Trafford
Cristiano Ronaldo’s rousing speech to his Manchester United team-mates ahead of his sensational second debut saw him, according to reports, demanding that they ‘sacrifice everything’ for the club.
The superstar spoke a few words to the squad before stepping into a lavish reception at Old Trafford and scoring twice, telling them his goal is to win trophies and bring back the glory days.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Ronaldo spoke to his new colleagues the night before his first game back at United in 12 years, and The sun have now revealed what he said.
Cristiano Ronaldo told Manchester United teammates he wants to bring back the glory days
“Ronaldo’s speech was very powerful and uplifting. The entire group of players and coaching staff listened in silence,” a source told The Sun.
He said to his team-mates: ‘I came back to Man United for two reasons.
“The first is because I love the club. The second is that I like the winning mentality that comes through the ranks of this club.
Ronaldo scored twice on his United return, urging the side to ‘sacrifice everything’
“I didn’t come back to be a cheerleader. If you want to succeed, I want you to love this club from the bottom of your heart.
“You have to eat, sleep and fight for this club. Whether you play or not play, you have to support your teammates and always give 100 percent for the club.
“I’m here to win and for nothing else. Winning brings us happiness. I want to be happy, do you?”
Ronaldo insisted that United ‘has taken a trap’ in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, and also told his team-mates that they have his full confidence and the quality it takes to ‘dominate’ again.
Saying United took a ‘trap’, Ronaldo is eager to win trophies under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
“You are all great players and I believe in you, otherwise I would not have returned,” Ronaldo is said to have added.
“The fans will support you, if you do your best. I just want to create a winning mentality, so if I retire one day, the winning mentality will continue and this group of players will dominate football like we did in the past.
“I will do my best for the team, but I also need your support. Are you ready to fight? Are you ready to leave everything on the field?”‘
Ronaldo was then reportedly treated to a round of applause, and his words seemed to have provoked an immediate response.
Ronaldo’s rousing speech the night before the game in Newcastle got a round of applause
United, on the veteran striker’s return home, beat Newcastle 4-1 amid an electric atmosphere, with Ronaldo himself marking the occasion with his brace.
Boss Solskjaer said in his pre-match press conference ahead of United’s Champions League opener at Young Boys that while not the final pieces of the puzzle, Ronaldo and Raphael Varane could make United contenders.
“We get the backbone of the team and you can see the experience and quality,” said Solskjaer.
“Of course, now that Raphael and Cristiano come in, they’re adding the latter… not the latter, you can never say it’s the latter. It’s something extra we have to buy unless you win it yourself four times.
Solskjaer believes Ronaldo is one of the last pieces of the puzzle in the quest for silverware
“That was always the plan when I came in, that we had to challenge a team with experience and quality. The atmosphere is really good and we will certainly come in handy there.’
Ronaldo is also looking to set a record in the Champions League. When he plays, he equals the record of 177 appearances of former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
“It’s great to have Cristiano back home,” added Solskjaer. “The impact was visible on the first day we played, with two very important goals for us.
“You know the qualities, Cristiano’s experience is great. It’s huge for us. He’s a legend here and it’s great to have him back.”