Manchester United midfielder Fred has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as an ‘amazing player’ and revealed the Portuguese’s impact in training has already been felt.
Ronaldo completed a shock return to United on transfer deadline day, 12 years after leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid, and is in line to make his second Premier League debut against Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.
Ronaldo’s international break was cut short after he picked up a booking following his late winner against the Republic of Ireland last week, which meant he was suspended for the game against Azerbaijan.
That allowed five-time Ballon d’Or winner to return to Manchester ahead of schedule and join his new team-mates in training at Carrington this week.
Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in a stunning move on transfer deadline day
The Portuguese donned his No 7 shirt for a promotional video released by United
Ronaldo will make his first Premier League appearance in 12 years on Saturday
Ronaldo remains in incredible shape for a player six months short of his 37th birthday and Fred acknowledged he has already impressed his team-mates.
‘It’s so good training with Cristiano, he is a very good guy, the best player you know about,’ the Brazilian midfielder told the United Daily podcast.
‘We are so happy to have Cristiano here with us, and I hope he can bring us titles.’
Fred suggested training with a player of Ronaldo’s calibre will be a major boost for United players.
‘He is an amazing player, you know the difference when you look at him,’ he continued.
‘With the ball, without the ball, he works a lot and it’s so good for us. We are so happy to have Cristiano here.
‘We know who Cristiano Ronaldo is because he likes to win, he pushes everyone, so you need to be at your best to get with him.
‘It’s so good for us because he pushes everyone, we can win every game, so it’s so important.’
The Brazilian isn’t the only United player to have been impressed by Ronaldo.
Echoing Fred’s thoughts, Aaron Wan-Bissaka said training with the 36-year-old was a ‘privilege’ for his team-mates.
‘It’s a good feeling,’ the United right-back told the Daily Mirror. ‘Someone with so much experience and achievements, to come into the training ground and to train with him, that’s a big privilege.
‘We can learn a lot as a team, that’s what every player needs.’
Ronaldo is notoriously hard-working in training and remains in peak physical shape
Ronaldo said he relishes the chance to prove himself again in the Premier League
Ronaldo first joined his new team-mates in training at United’s Carrington HQ this week
Cristiano Ronaldo’s silverware at Manchester United
- Premier League: 2007, 2008, 2009
- Champions League: 2008
- FA Cup: 2004
- League Cup: 2006, 2009
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2008
- Community Shield: 2007
Ronaldo won eight major trophies during his first spell with United, including three Premier League titles and the Champions League, and has made no mystery of his desire to lift more silverware.
Speaking to former team-mate Wes Brown for MUTV on Thursday, Ronaldo said he was back at Old Trafford to win trophies and to prove himself again in the Premier League.
‘I am capable, me and my team-mates. I am ready to go, I am ready to go. It is a good chance for me, for the supporters, for the club, to get one step ahead.
‘I am ready and I think I will be a huge thing in the next three or four years.’
Ronaldo scored 119 goals for United in his first spell at the club, with 84 of them coming in the Premier League.
Newcastle kept Ronaldo quiet when he last faced them in March 2009, but United won 2-1 courtesy of goals from Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov.
Just over a year earlier, Ronaldo scored his first United hat-trick in a 6-0 demolition of the Magpies.