Nemanja Matic believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Man Utd “brought some positive energy back into the stadium”.
After the impressive marquee acquisitions by Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, The Red Devils are feeling shock waves in the football world as they bring back one of their greatest players.
Ronaldo, now 36, joined Juventus on the deadline and made his second debut for United on Sunday 4-1 loss to Newcastle after 12 years away from the club.
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Old Trafford was buzzing before, during and after the game thanks to the Portuguese’s return – excitement Matic hopes Man Utd can take advantage of.
“They are happy, I see them excited and I hope that we will continue to do the same job and try to win some trophies for them this season,” said the defensive midfielder of the fans.
“(The atmosphere) was fantastic. Of course, Ronaldo brings positive energy back into the stadium and, yes, he deserves all the best.
“He has the quality to score goals from any position. I think he will be a very good addition to our squad. “
Matic and Ronaldo are among a handful of players in the Man Utd locker room who have seen Premier League glory, with the midfielder doing so twice with Chelsea before moving to the Northwest.
The 33-year-old may know what it takes to win titles, but he hasn’t won silver since joining the Old Trafford giants in 2017.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were just one penalty shoot-out away from ending their relative trophy drought in last season’s Europa League final and Matic believes they now have the strength to succeed.
“Healthy competition is always good,” said Matic. To win trophies you have to have competition, so I’m very happy.
“We’ll play almost every three days. We have a big squad, we have to use that.
“I think everyone is ready, everyone is excited, motivated, so I see no reason why we won’t have (a) success this season.”
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Man Utd in particular have plenty of attack options, scoring four goals on Saturday without Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani in the squad.
“I think we have a great attack,” Matic told MUTV.
“We also have a good balance between experience and young players so I think we have everything in the team so we have to take advantage of that.”
United is now devoting itself to the affairs of the Champions League and the group start on Tuesday with the Young Boys in Bern.
Newcastle, on the other hand, will be nursing their wounds after a sobering loss that left visitor fans calling out for Steve Bruce’s head.
Isaac Hayden found the result tough and held up his hands for poor positioning leading up to Ronaldo’s second goal.
“It’s obviously frustrating,” the midfielder told NUFC TV.
“You don’t want to lose a football game, but we’re in a difficult phase at the moment.
“We’ll need everyone in the squad to stick together. We have been here many times and just have to use this experience to move forward. “