Cristiano Ronaldo said he’s back at Manchester United for trophies “not a vacation” and predicted: “I will be a huge thing in the next three or four years”.
In his first full interview since a deadline-week return from Juventus, the 36-year-old revved up for his second United debut against Newcastle on Saturday by promising to prove himself all over again to Old Trafford fans.
He told ex-United defender Wes Brown for the club’s website: “I am not here for a vacation.
“As I told you, before was good, winning important things and I wore the shirt before many years ago, but I am here to win again.
“I am capable, me and my team-mates. 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.”
Ex-Real Madrid main man Ronaldo trained with United this week after his early return from Portugal duty due to an international suspension.
And even that ban underlined he is still as driven as in his first United spell from 2003-9 – because it came from gleefully celebrating his latest goalscoring record.
Ron whipped off his top after a late double sunk Ireland 2-1 to make him the all-time top international scorer on 111 goals.
And asked if he wanted to show United fans what they have been missing for a dozen years, he told Brown: “This is why I am here.”
His country and new club team-mate Bruno Fernandes certainly has no doubts Ronaldo can transform United – after revealing that news of his signing electrified the squad.
Midfielder Fernandes told United’s website, he said: “We know the enthusiasm will be red hot, everyone knows Cristiano is in the house.
“Everyone is very confident and happy that he is back, the players too.
“We know what he can give us, and our focus, like Cristiano’s, is to win.
“With him, we know we are closer to winning [trophies].”
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