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Premier League: Ronaldo resumes party with debut double

Cristiano, who returned to United from Juventus last month, opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time

Agencies Manchester Published 12.09.21, 01:54 AM
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his second Manchester United debut and his compatriot Bruno Fernandes added a screamer as the Red Devils crushed Newcastle United 4-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.

Ronaldo, who returned to United from Juventus last month, opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, pouncing from close range after Newcastle ’keeper Freddie Woodman spilled out a low drive from Mason Greenwood.


Javier Manquillo brought Newcastle level in the 56th minute with a right-foot drive after Miguel Almiron had led a swift counter.

Ronaldo restored United’s lead with his second — showing power and speed as he latched on to a through ball from Luke Shaw and fired through Woodman’s legs before reeling off to celebrate with teammates in front of an ecstatic Stretford End.

Fernandes made sure of the three points in spectacular style 10 minutes from time, collecting a square ball from Paul Pogba and unleashing an unstoppable shot from 25m which swerved at speed into the top corner.

Substitute Jesse Lingard added to the celebration with a well-taken shot from inside the box.

A Romelu Lukaku brace on either side of a Mateo Kovacic goal gave Chelsea a 3-0 home win over Aston Villa, taking the Blues to level on points with Man United. United are on top with more goals scored.

At King Power Stadium, Bernardo Silva scored the only goal as Manchester City grabbed a vital 1-0 win against Leicester City. Leicester defender Jannik Vestergaard missed a golden chance from an early corner, but could not get a clean connection on his header and it sailed over the bar.

City striker Ferran Torres had a number of decent chances in the first half but Kasper Schmeichel managed to avert the danger. Jamie Vardy had a goal ruled out for offside four minutes into the second half but it was Manchester City who finally broke the deadlock with a Silva goal in the 62nd minute.

Arsenal win, finally

Arsenal moved off the bottom of the standings and scored their first goal of the campaign after captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s scrambled 66th-minute effort gave them a 1-0 win over Norwich City.

Mikel Arteta’s side produced an improved performance after their opening three defeats but were made to work hard by a rugged Norwich side before Aubameyang broke the deadlock. The Gabonese striker fired wide in the 10th minute and was denied in the 20th by a superb save from visiting goalkeeper Tim Krul before Takehiro Tomiyasu volleyed over the bar for the dominant hosts on the stroke of halftime.

Odsonne Edouard scored twice on debut to help Crystal Palace to a comprehensive 3-0 win over 10-man Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park.

Spurs centre back Japhet Tanganga was shown a second yellow card in the 58th minute for a foul on Jordan Ayew, five minutes after the defender was adjudged to have illegally blocked winger Wilfried Zaha.

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