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Bruno Fernandes explains what Cristiano Ronaldo will bring to Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo will have a big impact at Manchester United, according to Bruno Fernandes (Picture: Getty)

Bruno Fernandes believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s return will instill further ‘confidence’ in Manchester United’s squad and help the team ‘get closer’ to winning their first piece of silverware under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ronaldo, 36, initially looked set to complete a controversial move to Manchester City this summer but had his head turned – thanks in part to the intervention of Sir Alex Ferguson – and rejoined United instead, 12 years after bringing an end to his first spell.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Tuesday and the eyes of the world will be on Old Trafford this weekend where he could make his second Premier League debut against Newcastle.

Solskjaer now has an embarrassment of riches to choose from in attack and his standout player of the last 18 months, Fernandes, registered an exquisite assist last night as Portugal cruised to a 3-0 victory over Azerbaijan in Ronaldo’s absence.

Speaking shortly after the final whistle, Fernandes said he was hopeful his fellow countryman’s arrival would give United that extra edge they have perhaps been lacking to get their hands on a trophy at long last.

‘We know that enthusiasm will be high, everyone knows Cristiano and is very happy and confident to have him back,’ the United and Portugal attacking midfielder told RTP3.

‘Us players are part of that confidence, we know what he can give us.

Cristiano Ronaldo looks on in Manchester United training

Ronaldo trained at Carrington for the first time in 12 years on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)

‘Our focus and Cristiano’s, because of what I’ve already talked to him about, is to win what there is to win.

‘Our goals remain and obviously, with Cristiano, we have one more reference to help us get closer to that.’

Ronaldo, who has taken over the No.7 shirt from Edinson Cavani, is reportedly on wages of £480k-a-week at the Theatre of Dreams, making him the highest paid player in the English top flight.

United secured the veteran ex-Real Madrid and Juventus forward on a two-year contract, with the option of an additional year.

‘Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement,’ Ronaldo said after his return was made official.

‘I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again.’


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