It was inevitable that Cristiano Ronaldo would score at least one goal against Newcastle United last week.

The Portuguese superstar made his Manchester United return and sadly the Magpies were the victims.

There was a media frenzy surrounding Ronaldo, while the commentators did their best to cram his name into every sentence they uttered.

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But for 45 minutes, it looked like Newcastle were going to crash the party. Steve Bruce’s side were solid at the back, and looked set to reach half-time with the score at 0-0.

However, a late error from Freddie Woodman handed Ronaldo an opportunity which he gladly pounced upon.

The 36-year-old then scored another in the second half – a shot which Woodman probably should have done better with as well.

However, he reportedly wasn’t the player blamed by Bruce.

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Finger pointed at Isaac Hayden for second Cristiano Ronaldo goal

According to the Daily Mail, Bruce told Isaac Hayden that he should have done more to prevent Ronaldo netting his second of the game.


The 26-year-old was played out of position at Old Trafford, operating as a right-sided centre-back despite Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez sitting on the bench.

Shortly after Newcastle had equalised, Ronaldo was able to peel away from Hayden and slot the ball between the legs of Woodman to restore Man United’s lead.

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It was great forward play by the Red Devils’ number seven, but perhaps Hayden should have done better.

However, as reported by the Daily Mail, Hayden made the point that he was playing out of position. On top of that, he was against the quickest player in the country.

This comes alongside claims that some players are unhappy with the manager.

It’s never dull at Newcastle United. Sadly, it’s very rarely positive either.

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