Is Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Manchester United against Newcastle today?

Cristiano Ronaldo could start when Manchester United take on Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday (16 October). The Red Devils come into play following a narrow 2-1 win over Everton last weekend.

It’s no secret that Ronaldo has struggled to break into the starting XI under Erik ten Hag in the Premier League. The Portuguese forward has only started once in La Liga this season.

However, due to Anthony Martial’s injury against Everton, Ronaldo played 61 minutes for Manchester United. The forward also scored against the Toffees in a 2-1 win. It was Ronaldo’s first goal of the season in the Premier League and his 700th goal in club football.

With Ronaldo’s goal and doubts over Anthony Martial’s availability, Ten Hag could give the Portuguese striker his second Premier League start. However, if Martial is deemed fit enough, Ronaldo could be back on the bench.

When Ronaldo starts, he is used as a centre-forward in a three-point attack. He could line up against Newcastle alongside Marcus Rashford and Antony.

However, it is worth noting that Martial has been Ten Hag’s preferred striker this season. Ronaldo’s start against Newcastle will depend entirely on how fit the Frenchman is ahead of the game.

Manchester United have been in good form lately in the Premier League. The Red Devils are currently fifth in the standings, having accumulated 15 points from their first eight league games so far this season.

Newcastle United, on the other hand, have suffered only one defeat in the league so far. The Elsters are currently sixth in the table and only one point behind the Ten Hag team.


How did Cristiano Ronaldo play for Manchester United against Newcastle last season?

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo began his second spell as a Manchester United player with a game against Newcastle United last season. On that occasion, he scored a brace as the Red Devils secured a 3-1 win in that competition.

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It’s worth noting that the brace at Old Trafford were the only two goals Ronaldo scored against the Magpies last season. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner failed to contribute a single goal as United drew 1-1 with Newcastle at St James’ Park. Edinson Cavani was Manchester United’s goalscorer at the time.

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