Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived in Manchester after leaving international duty with Portugal – and has already told new teammate Bruno Fernandes that Manchester United ‘need’ to win the Premier League title this season.
The 36-year-old was not expected to touch down in England until next week, but having picked up a one-game suspension during the victory over the Republic of Ireland, he decided to leave camp for his new home.
Ronaldo landed in Manchester on Thursday night, where he was met by United technical director and former teammate Darren Fletcher. He arrived in England through a private terminal at the airport and will start training with his new teammates next week.
The former Juventus star has already begun targeting glory at Old Trafford, according to The Sun. They report that he has asked Fernandes to tell the other United players that they ‘need’ to bring home the league title this season – something they’ve not won for approaching nine years.
“The players and coaching staff now believe they have the best squad in the league and can win the Premier League this season,” a source explained. “Ronaldo has also spoken to Bruno Fernandes and told him to tell the other players that they need to win it this year.”
It was also said that Ronaldo is ‘like a God’ to everyone at United, and the club has been ‘electrified’ by his return from Juventus this summer.
It’s been a week to remember for the superstar forward, after he broke Ali Daei’s famous record for the most goals scored by a single player in international men’s football, who bagged a record 109 for Iran. Ronaldo was level with Daei going into the game – but struck twice late on to take the record for himself (he now sits on 111) and beat the Republic of Ireland in the process.
Ronaldo’s attention now turns to the Red Devils’ next fixture against Newcastle United, when fans will be flocking to Old Trafford to see their new number seven step onto their beloved turf – 12 years after leaving them for Real Madrid.