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The international break has now concluded and Manchester United will step up preparations for their return to Premier League action.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping that his jet-setting stars will return to training unscathed today so they are in the best possible condition ahead of Saturday’s match with Newcastle United.

One United star who looks ready and raring to go is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been taking it up a gear in training.

After taking things easy in his first session back on Tuesday, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner took part in more intense drills on Wednesday as he prepares to pull on a red shirt for the first time in 12 years.

Solskjaer will speak to the media today ahead of the visit of the Magpies and will likely be inundated with questions on the latest addition to his squad.

We’ll bring you all the day’s United news below.

10:39KEY EVENT

Liverpool make Bellingham their ‘priority’ amid United interestLiverpool have made Jude Bellingham ‘their priority target’ amid interest from United.

The Daily Star claim Liverpool are weighing up a bid of £80m and, while it’s said they could face competition from United, they’re believed to be leading the race for his signature.

Jurgen Klopp wants to make a ‘statement signing’ next summer.

Man United should move for Jude Bellingham. (Image: Chris Ricco – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)01:32Kadeem Simmonds

It’s almost time!Get plenty of sleep United fans.

Ronaldo makes his second debut in just a few hours.

Join us tomorrow for a full build-up throughout the day.

A young fan wearing the shirt of Manchester United’s new signing Cristiano Ronaldo points to Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, northwest England on September 6, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)00:34Kadeem Simmonds

Fred available for NewcastleHere’s the full story on Fred’s availability against Newcastle.

Manchester United midfielder Fred. (Image: Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images. )00:27Kadeem Simmonds

Brazil ban liftedFollowing clear the air talks late Friday night, the Premier League, Brazil and FIFA reached an agreement to allow clubs to play their Brazlian players.

More to follow…

23:34Kadeem Simmonds

Ronaldo or Cavani?talkSport’s Darren Bent believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s return will leave a particular player unhappy.

Edinson Cavani arrived last summer on a free transfer from PSG and lead the line for United for the majority of the season.

Donning the infamous number 7 shirt, Cavani has not only handed that over to Ronaldo but may also have lost his place in the starting XI to the Portuguese star according to Bent.

He said: ” I don’t see where Cavani fits in.”

Read the full story here

Cristiano Ronaldo has paid credit to team-mate Edinson Cavani (right). (Image: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images.)22:22Liam Wood

Ferdinand compares Ronaldo with JoshuaRio Ferdinand has compared Cristiano Ronaldo to world champion heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua on the eve of his second coming at United.

Having already completed deals for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, key figures responsible for transfers at Old Trafford ramped up their summer recruitment drive even further on deadline day.

Indeed, after 12 years with Real Madrid and Juventus, five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo is a United player – once again – courtesy of a sensational return move from Serie A.

He is now set to make his second debut for the club against Newcastle United tomorrow afternoon (3pm).

Discussing that signing in their role as ambassadors for bookmakers William Hill, pundit Ferdinand and AJ gave their expert insight on what enables Ronaldo to shine above others.

And in doing so, the former United defender picked out a rather ‘knock-out’ comparison for the returning Portugal superstar; winner of three Premier League titles and five Champions League trophies.

Read the full story and comments here

Ferdinand has compared five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo with Joshua. (Image: Andrew Couldridge – Pool/Getty Images)21:45Liam Wood

A night for the agesAs if you needed anything else to get you in the mood…

20:57KEY EVENT

Ronaldo in United squad – CONFIRMED!Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived with the United squad at their pre-match hotel ahead of the Premier League clash with Newcastle.

Ronaldo arrived at The Hyatt Hotel in Manchester city centre on Friday night with the rest of the squad to prepare for what is expected to be the 36-year-old’s second United debut. Onlookers say only around 10-15 supporters were gathered outside the hotel to greet Ronaldo.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Ronaldo will feature against Newcastle but stopped short of confirming if he would start.

Ronaldo is expected to line-up for United, having scored twice for Portugal last week in their World Cup qualifying comeback win over the Republic of Ireland. Ronaldo celebrated his 96th-minute winner by whipping off his shirt and receiving a yellow card, which meant he was suspended for the midweek trek to Azerbaijan.

Read the full story here

(Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)20:20Liam Wood

‘It would make life a lot easier’Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told to start Cristiano Ronaldo against Newcastle United as it will make life easier in the long-run.

After this latest international break, United return to Premier League action tomorrow afternoon (3pm) and there is, once again, a familiar superstar at Old Trafford.

Indeed, on the back of completing deals for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane over the summer, those key figures responsible for transfers at United ramped up their recruitment drive on deadline day – welcoming five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo back to the UK from Juventus.

The 36-year-old scored 118 goals and laid on 69 assists during his first spell with the club.

Ronaldo took his dazzling career to even greater heights with Real Madrid and is set to touch down for his exciting encore with United tomorrow afternoon.

But should that second debut be from the start, or as a substitute?

Read the full story and pundit’s comments here

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told to start Cristiano Ronaldo vs Newcastle United. (Image: Manchester United FC)19:47Liam Wood

Update on Ronaldo from our manHow many United fans have that ‘Christmas Eve feeling’ right now?

19:12Liam Wood

Wright reveals private Sir Alex conversationSir Alex Ferguson told Ian Wright that Mason Greenwood is one of the very best players United’s academy has ever produced.

That’s high praise indeed when considering the impressive track record of developing youth talent, with players such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and David Beckham having risen through the ranks – while the rich history goes back even further.

Marcus Rashford was the academy’s latest success story – Rashford wasted no time in establishing himself at first-team level – before Greenwood emerged to enjoy a sensational breakthrough 2019/2020 season in which he scored 19 goals.

The 19-year-old ended last term strongly and he’s continued in that rich vein of form this campaign, scoring three goals in three games.

Read the full story and Wright’s comments here

Mason Greenwood has scored in each of the opening three Premier League games. (Image: Michael Regan/Getty Images)18:35Liam Wood

‘Not the time or place for Newcastle’BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson only sees one winner when Newcastle United visit Old Trafford and play United tomorrow afternoon. Of course, they will come up against a certain Cristiano Ronaldo, too;

Newcastle badly need a win, but Old Trafford – on the day Ronaldo makes his return – is not the time or place for them to get it. There is no doubt Ronaldo’s arrival has improved Manchester United. In terms of what he brings to the team, well, he won’t be chasing full-backs down, will he? It will be a case of ‘you stay up there, we will get the ball to you’. If he gets the service you expect from the players behind, he is going to score plenty…”

17:59George Smith

Premier League squad confirmedManchester United have submitted their Premier League squad for the current season.

Summer signings Cristiano Ronaldo, Rapahel Varane, Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton have all been included in the 25-man list.

Phil Jones and Lee Grant, who were both omitted from United’s Champions League squad, have been listed in the domestic squad.

Click here to read more.

16:56George Smith

Tuchel makes Ronaldo predictionChelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel is backing new Manchester United recruit Cristiano Ronaldo to have a “huge impact” at Old Trafford following his return to the club.

The German said:

They were a super hard team to play against and beat last season. They were close to winning a European trophy and finished second place. So they were strong before the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

I think he will have a huge impact. He is a true champion and has proved at any level, in any year, he can perform at outstanding levels. And don’t forget, he will have an impact everyday with the group, it’s not just goals and assists.

Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea during a press conference at Chelsea Training Ground16:26George Smith

Madrid identify Pogba alternativeOut-of-contract at Manchester United next summer, uncertainty concerning the future of Paul Pogba is still ongoing.

Real Madrid have been heavily linked with securing his signature, but they are now, according to reports, keeping their options open.

Madrid hope to be able to land the Frenchman, but if they are unnsuccessful in their efforts, they have already earmarked Valencia’s Carlos Soler as a suitable alternative.

Soler has been in great form this season. (Image: Joaquin Corchero/Europa Press via Getty Images)16:01George Smith

Van de Beek can capitalise on Fred’s absencePrior to Fred’s five-day suspension having not fulfilled his international commitments, most Manchester United fans would have backed the Brazilian to be named in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield for this weekend’s game against Newcastle.

A host of Brazilian Premier League players have been impacted by the aforementioned ban, with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Leeds, Chelsea, Wolves, Newcastle and Watford.

Under a United lens, the one player who is affected is Fred, with Alex Telles still recovering from injury.

It means that Solskjaer is light in regard to his central midfield options, considering that 25-year-old Scott McTominay is still recovering after surgery to his groin.

Click here to read the full story.

Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek. (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images.)15:35George Smith

Solskjaer lifts lid on Cavani’s and Ronaldo’s conversationOle Gunnar Solskjaer lauded Edinson Cavani’s humility for allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to regain the number seven at Manchester United.

Cavani received the number when he joined the club last October but United requested special dispensation to reassign the squad number to Ronaldo after they signed the Portuguese last month.

Ronaldo wore the number seven during his first spell with United between 2003 and 2009 and Cavani has taken the number 21 – recently vacated by Daniel James – which he wears for Uruguay.

“It’s one of these things,” Solskjaer said. “Edinson has been remarkable, played really, really well last season. Cristiano has been ringing Edinson and they speak with each other. To pass up his shirt shows the respect he’s got for Cristiano.”

Click here to read the full story.

15:08George Smith

Ferdinand hints at Solskjaer pressureFormer centre-back Rio Ferdinand says that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen the best transfer window the club has had in “many years.”

United drafted in four new recruits over the course of the summer transfer window, concluding with the fairytale return of club icon Cristiano Ronaldo, who returned to the club on transfer deadline day, more than 12 years after he joined Real Madrid.

As well as securing Ronaldo’s signature, United also added centre-back Raphael Varane and winger Jadon Sancho to the squad in big-money deals, with the pair of them both bolstering positions that were in desperate need of strengthening.

Click here to read the full story.

Former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand. (Image: BT Sport. )14:50Steven Railston

Solskjaer reacts to Fred decisionOle Gunnar Solskjaer has described the decision by the Brazilian Football Confederation to ban some internationals from playing for their Premier League clubs as a ‘farce’.

As it stands, Fred will be unavailable for Manchester United’sPremier League visit of Newcastle on Saturday as he was not released to play in Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers this month. Fifa rules state that players not released for the qualifiers can be banned for five days.

Everton’s Richarlison has been granted permission to play against Burnley on Monday night due to the Confederation’s good relationship with his parent club, but Fred, Liverpool trio Alisson, Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino, as well as Manchester City duo Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, could sit out the fixtures this weekend.

Head here to read what Solskjaer had to say.

14:24Steven Railston

A memorable matchCristiano Ronaldo has scored 48 hat-tricks in all competitions in his club career – the first of these came against Newcastle United, in a Premier League match in January 2008.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted his only United hat-trick vs Newcastle13:57KEY EVENT

Manchester United stance on Cristiano Ronaldo’s second debutCristiano Ronaldo will make his second debut for Manchester United against Newcastle but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to say if he would start.

Ronaldo rejoined United on transfer deadline day last month, signing a two-year contract 12 years after leaving the club.

Ronaldo was able to join the United squad earlier than expected as he was suspended for Portugal’s midweek World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan and the expectation is he will start against Newcastle.

Click here to read what Solskjaer had to say.

13:22Steven Railston

Owen ‘can only see one winner’ on SaturdayMichael Owen has predicted United will beat Newcastle 2-0 this weekend.

“The Cristiano Ronaldo show rolls into Manchester once again as the prodigal son looks set to make his second debut for United. Will he start? Well, that remains to be seen,” Owen told BetVictor.

“United scraped a win away to Wolves two weeks ago as they continued to break records on the road. Back at Old Trafford, they’ll want to make it a fortress this season. They’ll have to if they’re serious about challenging for the title.

“For Newcastle, I expect the Magpies to finish around mid-table. Unfortunately, going to places like this and getting a result is probably just out of reach for them at the minute, and with such a buzz about Old Trafford just now, I can only see one winner.”

Michael Owen (Image: Marc Atkins/Getty Images)13:04Steven Railston

BETTING OFFER: Will Ronaldo score against Newcastle?11:57Steven Railston

OPINION: Ronaldo focus can let Manchester United unleash their future No.7When the Manchester United transfer committee met to discuss targets for the summer transfer window Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it abundantly clear he wanted a new attacking talent who would get fans’ off their seats. Ever since he took charge on a caretaker basis the Norwegian outlined a need for ‘pace and power’ as he looked to emulate the success he had experienced first-hand under Sir Alex Ferguson.

On the top of his list was Jadon Sancho, the player he had so publicly chased a year ago, but this time United looked to pounce upon the uncertainty of the financial climate and sign their star man for £35million less than had been demanded last summer.

That shrewd money saving in turn freed up finances for the capture of Raphael Varane, two players signed for reasonable transfer fees given their respective talents and who were within their summer budget.

Heading into the new campaign United would have been comfortable with Sancho, Varane and experienced goalkeeper Tom Heaton being their only additions, though their summer was to get a whole lot better when they completed a sensational late swoop to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

Click here to read more.

Jadon Sancho is viewed as the long-term No.7 for United11:37KEY EVENT

Get your special 20-page Ronaldo pull-out We have our 20-page Ronaldo pull-out going in Saturday’s MEN.

The Viva Ronaldo supplement is available to order to your door here.

11:07Steven Railston

Pick your United XI to face NewcastleYou can use the interactive team selector below to pick your preferred starting XI.

10:08Steven Railston

United’s next five Premier League gamesRonaldo could make his second debut against Newcastle.

Saturday 11th September Newcastle (H)Sunday 19th September West Ham (A)Saturday 25th September Aston Villa (H)Saturday 2nd October Everton (H)Saturday 16th October Leicester (A)

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United. (Image: 2021 Manchester United FC)09:44Steven Railston

Dortmund reach ‘verbal agreement’ to sell HaalandThis report is interesting…

Spanish outlet Diario Madridista claim Borussia Dortmund have reached a ‘verbal agreement’ to sell Erling Haaland to Real Madrid, with Los Blancos having ‘first refusal’ on the player.

It’s said that – although there’s nothing in writing – Madrid are in the ‘pole position’ to sign Haaland, which places them ahead of United, Liverpool, Man City and PSG in the race for his signature.

It’s even claimed Haaland has given Madrid a ‘yes’ for the potential move.

Erling Braut Haaland of Norway (Image: Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images)

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