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Cristiano Ronaldo is pictured once again in a Manchester United shirt. Photo: ManUtd.com

Cristiano Ronaldo is pictured once again in a Manchester United shirt. Photo: ManUtd.com

Cristiano Ronaldo is pictured once again in a Manchester United shirt. Photo: ManUtd.com

Cristiano Ronaldo has taken advantage of his early release from the Portugal national team squad to fly to England ahead of his comeback with Manchester United.

Ronaldo was booked after he removed his shirt following his dramatic late goal against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night, as he broke the all-time international goal scoring record and Irish hearts all at once.

That yellow card ensured he will miss Portugal's World Cup qualifier this weekend, so he flew to Manchester on Thursday night to familiarise himself with a city he knows so well.

Ronaldo, who has signed a two-year deal at Old Trafford, first emerged as a global star at the Premier League club, where he spent six years under Ferguson before joining Real Madrid in 2009.

Soon after completing his £12.86million move back to United, the 36-year-old signed off a message on Instagram by saying: “PS – Sir Alex, this one is for you…”

He wrote: “I can’t even start to explain my feelings right now, as I see my return to Old Trafford announced worldwide.

“It’s like a dream come true, after all the times that I went back to play against Man United, and even as an opponent, to have always felt such love and respect from the supporters in the stands. This is absolutely 100 per cent the stuff that dreams are made of!”

He was greeted on arrival at a private terminal in Manchester Airport by Darren Fletcher, his former team-mate and the club’s technical director.

It has been confirmed that Ronaldo will wear the No.7 jersey at United, after Edinson Cavani agreed to give up the jersey he started the season with to allow the club's superstar signing to wear his favoured number.

United’s next fixture is at home against Newcastle United in the Premier League on 11 September, with Ronaldo certain to be part of their side on what should be a special occasion at Old Trafford.

However, the match is scheduled to be a 3pm kick-off next Saturday, meaning the game will not be screened live on English TV by Sky Sports or BT Sport.

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