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New Manchester United signing Cristiano Ronaldo might be left on the substitutes’ bench against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday, Africa Today News, New York has learnt.
This is because the player has a little time to prepare for the game against Newcastle after international duty with Portugal and self-isolation.
Ronaldo returned to Manchester United after Portugal’s game against the Republic of Ireland but faced five days of isolation at home in Cheshire due to COVID protocols.
The 36-year-old former Juventus forward had just one day to train with his new teammates ahead of Saturday and this is unlikely to be enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to throw him into the starting XI against Newcastle.
Africa Today News, New York reports that the Portugal international will be left on the bench for the 3 pm kick-off.
Although he will likely still make his second debut for the club in the match, with the temptation to bring him on almost certainly too much to overcome for Solskjaer in front of a baying Old Trafford crowd.
Ronaldo’s first start for the Red Devils will certainly be in the Champions League in Switzerland on Tuesday against Young Boys.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK