As it was announced on Tuesday morning that Cristiano Ronaldo was officially a Manchester United player once more, fans of the club went into a state of ecstasy.
An initial fee of £15 million, spread over the next five years, was agreed between Manchester United and Juventus, in what was a quickly concluded operation on Friday afternoon.
Ronaldo had been the subject of interest from across-town rivals Manchester City, but ex-players and Sir Alex Ferguson intervened to make sure that the Red Devils stepped in before it was too late.
While the Portugal international might be 36, it is clear that he can still play at the very top of world football having come off a European Championship campaign with his country which saw him score five goals. That is after a season of 40 goal contributions for Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus side in 44 appearances.
Manchester United have made a clear statement of intent in re-signing Ronaldo, no matter the age he is at. Rival fans criticising him will only fuel him to sustain his ride at the top of the sport even longer, which is exactly what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants. Ronaldo has signed a two-year deal with an option of a third.
It is a fantastic homecoming for Manchester United fans and Ronaldo, who will re-join the club after 12 years away.
The Red Devils’ fans can expect a more direct and proficient goal-scorer, rather than the Ronaldo they last saw who was full of tricks and mazy dribbles. The Portuguese star has fine-tuned his game in the final third and become one of the most prolific number nines in the world.
While Solskjaer lacks a classy defensive midfielder, he is hoping that Ronaldo will be in a position to out-score most opponents and win games that way. Rotating at times with Edinson Cavani, Manchester United have two centre forwards that have been at the upper echelons of European football for decades.
Alongside those two veterans of the game, Manchester United have young blood in Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood to learn and soak up their invaluable knowledge.
It is an incredibly exciting time for fans of the club to witness a mixture of a youth and experience in the final third area of the pitch. Greenwood has already shown his appetite to score important goals, such as his last against Wolverhampton Wanderers, but one would expect the England international to find new levels working under Ronaldo.
The morale would inside the dressing room would have been boosted tenfold since the announcement, which is only going to spur the players on. There is a long season ahead but Manchester United fans can be excited about the reality of now seeing Ronaldo back at Old Trafford and leading the line.