Cristiano Ronaldo can help Manchester United “do great things” after returning to Old Trafford, according to Diogo Dalot.
Portugal superstar Ronaldo scored two goals in a 4-1 win over Newcastle United over the weekend, marking his second debut in style.
More than 12 years after his previous Premier League outing – a record gap – the 36-year-old is still delivering the goods.
And compatriot Dalot is enjoying the return to the red of the five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or.
“It’s great not only for me, but for everyone to have Cristiano here,” the keeper told the club’s official website.
“It gives everyone so much energy and it was great.
“In the day [he signed] there has been a lot of speculation and it has been great news for everyone involved. Everyone was excited about his return to United.
“I wrote to him and congratulated him on his return. He said how happy he was to be part of this club again and that he wants to help the team and that’s what we want.
“I think fans can expect the same Cristiano as ever. To be here to win what he has won and to play as he is playing, you can expect the best.
“We are here to help him and he is also here to help us and I think that with everything we have done we can do great things.”
Ronaldo’s brace against Newcastle came 12 years and 124 days after his last in the English top flight – only Matt Jackson (13 years, 187 days) has gone the longest in Premier League history.
At 36 years and 218 days, he became the oldest player to score a double in a Premier League game since Graham Alexander for Burnley against Hull in April 2010. Alexander was 38 years and 182 days old.
Ronaldo’s arrival before the transfer deadline closed an impressive window for United, who also signed star defender Raphael Varane from Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
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