However, reports now suggest that Ronaldo could have to wait until next Tuesday’s Champions League opener against BSC Young Boys in Switzerland to feature, with the Portuguese superstar likely to only have one day of training with his new team-mates before Newcastle due to Covid rules.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United will return from the first international break of the season sitting third in the Premier League and two points off top spot after following the demolition of Leeds and draw at Southampton with a narrow 1-0 win at Wolves secured by Mason Greenwood that saw them break Arsenal’s record of 27 Premier League away matches unbeaten.
They will be firm favourites to see off a Newcastle side that remain winless in 2021/22 under Steve Bruce after a late draw with Southampton followed defeats by West Ham and Aston Villa as well as Burnley in the Carabao Cup.
A familiar lack of new arrivals on Tyneside has left many fans already resigned to a likely relegation scrap this term.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Manchester United vs Newcastle is scheduled for a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday, September 11, 2021.
The match will take place at Old Trafford.
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Due to the return of English football’s 3pm blackout this season, Ronaldo’s prospective second Manchester United debut will not be broadcast live on TV in the UK.
Highlights will be available via Match of the Day, which is on BBC One from 10:40pm on Saturday night and on iPlayer.
You can also follow Standard Sport’s LIVE match blog with James Robson at Old Trafford.
Man Utd vs Newcastle team news
Ronaldo aside, United could be without Jadon Sancho, who was ruled out of England’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Hungary and subsequently returned to his club for treatment on an unspecified minor knock, also missing the matches against Andorra and Poland.
Marcus Rashford remains sidelined after shoulder surgery, but Scott McTominay was back on the grass at Carrington on Monday after a groin operation.
Alex Telles is also back in training after an ankle injury, while Dean Henderson, Fred and Edinson Cavani were similarly involved.
Newcastle’s poor start to the season has been compounded by a lengthy injury list, meanwhile.
The likes of Martin Dubravka, Jonjo Shelvey, Karl Darlow and Elliot Anderson have all been out, while Callum Wilson, Paul Dummett and Isaac Hayden are also doubts.
Freddie Woodman has been deputising in goal for the Magpies of late with Dubravka and Darlow sidelined.
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There is a great sense of anticipation with the potential for Ronaldo to make his hero’s return here, but it seems likely he will start on the bench if he is even involved at all.
His presence has the potential to be a sizeable distraction and United have looked a bit off the boil in their last two outings.
However, Newcastle have endured a fairly miserable start to the campaign with injuries and no major signings contributing to the latest sense of gloom at St James’ Park.
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