Dennis Irwin tells Manchester United what Cristiano Ronaldo guarantees them – Manchester Evening News

Cristiano Ronaldo will cash-in and guarantee goals for Manchester United upon his sensational return to the club.

That’s according to former United and Republic of Ireland defender Dennis Irwin, who watched on as Portuguese captain Ronaldo provided a fitting reminder of his talents on Wednesday night.

Yet to make his second debut for United — on the back of his sensational deadline day move — Ronaldo gunned down the Irish with a match-winning and record-breaking double.

Indeed, by scoring his 110th and 111th goals for his country, it means no player has now scored more times in men’s internationals than the former Real Madrid and Juventus superstar.

Combined with him winning the golden boot in Italy last season — and at Euro 2020 in the summer — there are plenty of warning signs for Ronaldo’s soon-to-be Premier League rivals.

And during an interview for Sky Sports, Irwin said: “We shut Portugal out for such a long time, but when you’ve a goalscorer like Ronaldo… they were two quality goals that he scored, as well, in those last few minutes. Those goals were two incredible finishes from an incredible player, I’ve got to say that.

“He came to United a long time ago as a gangly winger who grew into the game.

“You can see that he went from a player that would take players on quite a bit… over the years he has become a goalscorer and a very clever player. He’s a fantastic player who is also good in the air. Unfortunately, we couldn’t keep him out last night, but all centre-forwards will appreciate the quality of those goals.

“You’ve seen him in Serie A as top goalscorer the last couple of years and Euro 2020 golden boot winner. It shows that he’s a top striker and he’s going to add to what United have got up front. He certainly is.”

Irwin added: “I think everyone knows that he’s a fantastic goalscorer. He always has been and always will be. He’s getting better and better in that respect.

“You question him because he’s 36, but he’s really looked after himself and you can tell that. I know mother nature catches up with you and I know the Premier League is the most physical league in the world.

“He’s not the same type of player he was going back to when he first joined United, but he will still certainly score goals in the Premier League and the United fans are excited about him coming over – because they remember him giving six great years.

“I suppose he went from being a boy to a man and, when he left Manchester United, he went on to great things at Real Madrid and Juventus, showing different techniques and qualities in each league.

“The fans are looking forward to it and I think you saw that with the support at the game away to Wolves.”

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