Manchester united defeated Newcastle United by 4-1 in Saturday’s premier league match as Cristiano Ronaldo continued his winning scoring habit on his extraordinary Old Trafford return.

Ronaldo scored twice as Javier Manquillo’s second-half equaliser for Newcastle proved in vain.

The 4-1 win, bolstered by goals from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard, took Manchester United top of the table at the final whistle.

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The 36-year-old forward, back in United red for the first time since leaving in 2009, opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time, much to the joy of an expectant home crowd.

Liverpool player Javier Manquillo scored a fine equaliser on the counter-attack, Ronaldo was not to be denied, restoring the lead in front of the Stretford End.

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Bruno Fernandes’s stunning strike from distance followed by Jesse Lingard’s late effort sealed the victory that takes United to the top of the Premier League table and – with Ronaldo – dreaming of staying there.

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