Ronaldo spotted at training ground ahead of potential weekend debut amidst TV blackout
Ronaldo back home at Carrington
There will be an unquestionable buzz around Manchester United and amongst the club’s millions of global followers today after returning hero Cristiano Ronaldo rocked up to Carrington today.
Cristiano Ronaldo is back at Man United’s training ground 🔴 pic.twitter.com/tv57JTwIfg
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 7, 2021
Pictures of the Portuguese icon chatting with new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær laughing and chatting together surfaced today ahead of United’s upcoming weekend clash with Newcastle at Old Trafford; a fixture that many of the home support will be wishing upon a star features a Ronaldo second home debut in his illustrious playing career.
Today was the first time that Ronaldo has spent time reacquainting himself with his old stomping grounds after being released early from the Portugal team after a suspension would have ruled him out of contention for their final fixture of this World Cup qualifying window tonight in Azerbaijan.
Ronaldo also was bound by Covid-19 restrictions and had to quarantine for five days after entering the country, further delaying his arrival at the club in his official capacity, though he was previously slated for taking part in training starting on Wednesday.
The feeling that Ronaldo – being who he is – can slot straight into Solkjær’s matchday team to face the Magpies will surely dominate the talking points in the Red Devil’s fanbase in the run-up to proceedings for Saturday’s 3pm kick-off.
TV blackout to strip UK viewers from tuning in
Unfortunately, if you are not a Manchester United season ticket holder or if you did not purchase a matchday ticket, your ability to watch Ronaldo make his potential return Red Devils debut will have to require a dodgy stream or nothing at all.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the 3pm Saturday TV blackout, so a detailed thread on:
– Why it exists
– Why other top leagues don’t use the blackout
– What about illegal streaming / ifollow?
– Is it past its sell-by in modern football?
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) September 7, 2021
Given the UK afternoon TV blackout, the chance for domestic millions to tune in will be scuppered.
However, if you are outside of the UK, this naturally will not affect you at all. And given the fact that Ronaldo was spotted back in full training at the time of writing, there is an increased chance that his second debut – in some capacity – could very well be on the cards.