Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the Manchester United side and scored a goal against Newcastle United on Saturday.
Ronaldo was pushed straight to United XI at Old Trafford after sealing his move from Juventus just before the international break.
Twelve years and 118 days after his last Premier League appearance, it was the longest gap in the history of the competition.
And Ronaldo was immediately involved in the last third and tried five shots at game height in the first half.
The fifth of them hit the net to give United a 1-0 lead and benefited from Freddie Woodman’s fumble after a deflected shot from Mason Greenwood.
Only Matt Jackson (13 years and 187 days between May 1993 and November 2006) has stayed longer between goals in the Premier League, with Ronaldo’s previous performance 12 years and 124 days earlier against Manchester City in May 2009.
At 36, Ronaldo became United’s oldest goalscorer in the Premier League since 39-year-old Ryan Giggs last scored in February 2013. Only Giggs and Paul Scholes scored for United at an older age than Ronaldo.
36y 218d – Cristiano Ronaldo is the oldest player to score for Man Utd in the Premier League since Ryan Giggs in February 2013 (39y 86d vs QPR), while only Giggs and Paul Scholes have ever scored for the Red Devils in an older competition Age than Ronaldo. Longevity. pic.twitter.com/SqDG0qRriy
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 11, 2021