Manchester United thumped Newcastle 4-1 yesterday as Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed a memorable return to Old Trafford, netting a brace on his second debut for the club.
The Portugal international re-joined Man Utd from Juventus this summer, and turned out for the Red Devils for the first time in 12 years as he took to the pitch yesterday afternoon.
Ronaldo remains one of the most lethal goal-scorers on the planet, and he displayed his top class finishing ability once again on Saturday to help Man Utd ease past Newcastle with an important three points at Old Trafford.
It remains to be seen if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side really have what it takes to be more serious Premier League title contenders this season now that Ronaldo is back, but this latest result has improved their odds with the bookies, and one imagines there’ll be plenty of fans tempted to stick some money on now and make the most of features like the 888sport bonus code to try and win big.
Most bookies now have United at just 9/2 to finish the season as champions, moving them up level with Liverpool, though they remain behind reigning champions Manchester City and European champions Chelsea as the main favourites.
See below for the latest odds after yesterday’s results in the Premier League…
Premier League Winner odds
Man City – 6/5
Chelsea – 13/5
Liverpool – 9/2
Man United – 9/2
Tottenham – 40/1
Ronaldo is 36 years of age now, so surely can’t be expected to lead United to the title on his own – though if anyone can do it, it’s surely him!
The former Real Madrid man had that kind of impact in his time at the Bernabeu, when he almost single-handedly helped the Spanish giants win four Champions League titles in the space of just five years.
A big-game player and almost obsessive athlete, there’s no sign of Ronaldo slowing down with age, so his arrival back in Manchester could be a real game-changer for MUFC.
Still, even if Ronaldo was absolutely nailed-on to score yesterday, even he admits he surprised himself a bit by scoring twice.
“I didn’t expect to score two goals,” he said after the game. “I expected one but not two. It was an unbelievable moment.”
He added: “When I started the game I was so nervous, I swear. I did not expect that they would sing my name all game. The reception is incredible but I am here to win games and help the team.
“It was an unbelievable moment. I was super nervous and was thinking last night that I wanted to play good and show I was still capable of helping the team. This club is unbelievable and I am so proud. I am going to give everything to make them proud of me.
“Everyone knows the football in England is different than in any part of the world and to be honest it is the most special one. I arrived here at 18 and they treated my unbelievably and that is why I am back.”
Manchester City and Chelsea also won yesterday, while Liverpool take on Leeds United on Sunday. Spurs’ title hopes took a bit of a hit, however, as they lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace.