Maguire excited to welcome Ronaldo back to Man Utd
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Roy Keane has quipped that he is tired of reminding people of Cristiano Ronaldo’s qualities after the Portuguese completed a sensational return to Manchester United. The Irishman spent two seasons with Ronaldo during the latter’s first spell at Old Trafford.
United culminated a remarkable 24 hours by announcing last Friday that a deal had been agreed to re-sign Ronaldo 12 years after he departed in a then-world record transfer to Real Madrid.
Ronaldo decided that he wanted to leave Juventus on Thursday and Manchester City initially led the race to sign him. However, United jumped ahead and agreed a deal, before formally confirming his arrival on transfer deadline day.
The 36-year-old will likely make his second debut for the club when United host Newcastle in the Premier League on September 11.
He offered fans a glimpse of what to expect by heading home two late goals to turn around Portugal’s World Cup qualifying fixture against the Republic of Ireland this week.
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John Egan’s goal put the Irish ahead in the first half but Ronaldo struck twice, first in the 89th minute and then in the 96th.
His former team-mate Keane has rubbished suggestions that the legendary forward will not be able to contribute as much as he did during his first spell.
Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances after joining in 2003.
“Brilliant, it is amazing. Even last night, Ireland put on a great display, a good show, Ronaldo looked off it, missed a penalty but we just saw what he’s about getting in the box end product, two brilliant headers,” the 50-year-old told ITV.
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“First one very, very brave then the second one great movement the accuracy of the header. How many times can I say it? The man’s a genius, I’m sick of saying it.”
Ronaldo was shown a yellow card for removing his shirt during the celebrations for the second goal.
The booking rules him out of Portugal’s next qualifier against Azerbaijan and he is set to return to Manchester earlier than planned.
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Keane: “I was surprised when it all happened [Ronaldo move to Man Utd].
“There was talk he was going to City and to be back at Man Utd and I know some will doubt it but we’ve seen last night, he’s a different player to when he left, his football intelligence was fantastic last night.
“[It’s] great for the league, United needed a lift, can’t wait to see him again back at United.”
Keane was performing punditry duties during England’s 4-0 victory over Hungary on Thursday night.
Goals by Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice maintained the Three Lions’ 100 per cent record in Group I.
Gareth Southgate’s side face Andorra on Sunday and Poland on Wednesday.
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