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Ronaldo can link up early with Man Utd for Newcastle debut after Portugal ban

CRISTIANO RONALDO could meet up with his new Manchester United teammates early after picking up a ban during Portugal’s win over Republic of Ireland on Wednesday.

Ronaldo, 36, became the all-time top scorer in international football with the 110th and 111th goals for his country as they left it late to edge past Ireland 2-1.

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Ronaldo was booked for taking his shirt off against IrelandCredit: Alamy
Solskjaer could link up with Ronaldo earlier than he thought

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Solskjaer could link up with Ronaldo earlier than he thoughtCredit: Rex

But for Man Utd fans it is the caution Ronaldo received for taking off his shirt that they will be happy about.

That’s because it means he is banned for Portugal‘s next World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

As a result, he will be able to link up with the Man Utd squad earlier than first expected as he prepares for what could be his second debut at home to Newcastle.

In theory, he could fly to Manchester immediately after Portugal’s friendly in Qatar on Saturday.

Qatar is a country on the amber list which means you do not need to quarantine once arriving in the UK if you have had both vaccines.

However, it has not been confirmed whether Ronaldo will choose to return to his new club or fly out to Azerbaijan with the rest of the Portugal squad.


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Man Utd fans are eagerly awaiting Ronaldo’s return, with many expecting him to play at Old Trafford against Newcastle on September 11.

It will be the first time the 36-year-old has pulled on the red shirt since he departed for Real Madrid in 2009.

And it’s safe to say he can’t wait to be back playing for his former club.

Ronaldo can link up early with Man Utd for Newcastle debut after Portugal ban

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Ronaldo said: “Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday.

“I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again.

“I’m looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.”

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