Allan Saint-Maximin has been looking ahead to Newcastle United’s big Premier League game with Manchester United this weekend.
The Magpies are going in search of their first win of the season on Saturday.
It’s been a poor start so far, with the team picking up just a point in the league and exiting the Carabao Cup at the hands of Burnley.
It doesn’t get any easier, with Manchester United next up – and the Red Devils have now become even more threatening.
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make his second debut for the club after completing his return before the international break.
He may be 36 now, but the superstar is still a top player capable of scoring a goal at any given time.
Saint-Maximin, who has previously stated Ronaldo is his role model, believes Newcastle must not get caught up dealing with him at Old Trafford.
He said (via Chronicle): “Even before Ronaldo signed they had a great team and they win games. So, for sure, with Cristiano Ronaldo now, they can look much better but we have to stay focused.
“If we just think about Ronaldo we’re going to lose the game for sure. We have to stay focused and feel like it’s just football. If you give your best and give everything, anything can happen. We have to do it.
Newcastle need to manage all threats
Spoiling Ronaldo’s homecoming would be nice, but Saint-Maximin is right.
It is important for Newcastle to ensure they give all of Manchester United’s threats equal attention.
And Jadon Sancho is obviously a fantastic talent capable of hurting anyone.
Keeping Ronaldo in check is vital, but Newcastle must ensure a thorough job.