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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasted no time in naming Ronaldo in his XI, starting the returning legend against Newcastle on Saturday.
And he made his mark just before half-time, tapping home from close range to score his first goal of the season.
Mason Greenwood fired a strike which Freddie Woodman parried into the path of Ronaldo, who poked the ball into the back of the net.
The 36-year-old wheeled away in trademark celebratory fashion as Old Trafford erupted.
Speaking about his decision to start Ronaldo, Solskjaer told MUTV: "He's [Ronaldo] ready, he's been focused, professional, meticulous in everything he does, that means a lot to everyone else.
"You look at him and what he's done and everyone wants to prove to him what they can do."
Ronaldo scored another goal in the second-half as Man United beat Newcastle 4-1 to move top of the league.
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