Ronaldo brings back the Elixir of glory back at the Theatre of Dreams

September 12, 2021

They came to the Theatre of Dreams to sing and bask in the newly returned glory at the backdrop of the evening sunlight. It was the Ronaldo craze around England and the songs and roar had been as astounding as ever. The Old Trafford was rocking and no one present in the stadium could remember such an electric atmosphere that had occurred in the recent past. Everyone had come in for the Ronaldo show, some with heartfelt emotions reminiscing the good old days and some others with a sense of indignation in their thoughts that can a 36-year-old man coming back to one of the most competitive football leagues in the would prove himself to be the effective one for the team?! Well, you see that is Cristiano Ronaldo you are talking about and he can make anything possible.

Cristiano Ronaldo while the warm-up

That’s it. That was the message of the day. He came, he soared higher up the Manchester skyline and he conquered again. No one questioned what happened at Los Angeles more than 12 years ago as he denied all the accusations; none of the supporters were unhappy about Ole’s decision of featuring Ronaldo in the starting line-up after previously playing only 2 games this season one as a substitute for Juventus and another one for his country where he broke the record for scoring the most number of International goals and why would you when its Cristiano Ronaldo for God’s sake.

Sir Alex who was in attendance last evening looked more than happy as his footballing Godson finally returned home after 4,507 days and even claimed that the reason behind his return was Sir Alex. When the curtains dropped at the Theatre of Dreams and Ronaldo emerged behind Donny Van de Beek for the warm-up before the kick-off and his name was announced the whole stadium cheered and applauded with all their heart. Just as both the teams walked out of the tunnel Ronaldo did his customary jump before stepping onto the pitch and from that moment on everything seemed like a scene out of a fairytale.

As the team emerged into the pitch

The prodigal son had returned home but the only difference is that he came back larger, stronger, wiser, and with more records in his bag which can only manage to compete against Lionel Messi’s trophy cabinet. It was phenomenal stuff. Whenever he touched the ball the crowd turned euphoric. At the advent of the 20th-minute mark when he fired a shot in the side netting the Newcastle United players waited for their fate to unfold as the five men defense line started to weaken in intensity. It all felt magical for those United fans. Those little step-over’s inside the box to be able to attract the buzz of defenders swerving around him like bees to commit to their smallest mistakes and eventually produce a half volley which was unfortunately mistimed everyone felt there was more to come.

At the stoppage time of the first half when Mason Greenwood’s effort had been spilled by Freddie Woodman Ronaldo took advantage of the opportunity and tapped the ball in at the back of the net and Manchester United was in the lead just before half-time.

Ronaldo’s first goal

Although, Ronaldo’s mere presence did not solve all the problems for Ole’s team as the midfield sometimes looked a bit sloppy with Sancho’s lack of pace and innovation down the flanks and not being able to connect the dots for the attacking line. They even looked bleak when faced with pressing counter-attacks from Newcastle at the start of the second half which led to Harry Maguire’s defensive mistake and Javier Manquillo’s inspiring equalizer around the 56th minute.

When Newcastle got the equalizer

The hope was not over for United supporters as around the 62nd minute Luke Shaw drove forward and played a pass for Ronaldo and the Portuguese international’s shot was too powerful for Woodman and it moved up the scoreline to 2-1. Ronaldo rushed towards the Stretford end of the stadium as if to say-“Hi there Stretford end here I am!’ and eventually celebrated the brace with his teammates.

Ronaldo after scoring the 2nd goal of the evening

Ironically enough at the King Power Stadium right at that very moment of Ronaldo’s carousal, his compatriot Bernardo Silva scored the only goal that lead to Manchester City’s victory over Leicester City. It would be safe to say that yesterday was a day for the Portuguese.

With 10 minutes of normal time remaining on the clock Bruno Fernandes collected a brilliant pass from Paul Pogba and hammered into the top 25 yards out to make the score 3-1 and the goal held the significance that although the King is back at Manchester United but you all don’t forget about me.

Bruno after scoring the goal

The substitute Jesse Lingard had come in and curled in a fourth for United at the added minutes of the second half and the final scoreline was a spectacular 4-1 victory for Manchester United.

Jesse Lingard celebrating his goal

The day could not have been more utopian. The brief minutes into the match, when you would have thought this is it, every thought went crazy and the magic just kept on adding. The people who watched the match felt like star-gazing into the shimmery commemoration of the returning star and at the post-match interview, Cristiano said that he was proud to be back at United and was happy to help the team and maybe this is all the elements that the Red Devils need to gain back the European glory.

They grabbed the top spot at the league table ahead of Chelsea and the new look of the squad is making the supporters more optimistic than ever.

Team News:

United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire (c), Shaw; Pogba, Matic; Greenwood (Martial 85), Fernandes (van de Beek 85), Sancho (Lingard 66); Ronaldo.

Subs: Heaton, Lindelof, Bailly, Dalot, Fred, Lingard, Mata.

Goals: Ronaldo 45+2, 62, Fernandes 80, Lingard 90+2

Booked: Pogba

Newcastle: Woodman, Clark (Lewis 84), Lascelles, Hayden, Manquillo (Murphy 77), Ritchie, Longstaff, Willock (Hendrick 86), Almiron, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.

Subs: Darlow, Schar, Krafth, Gayle, Schar, Fernandez, White

Goals: Manquillo 56

Referee: Antony Taylor

King of the match: Cristiano Ronaldo.