Paul Merson gives verdict on Ronaldo’s debut after previously claiming Ronaldo was too old for Man Utd

Paul Merson has given his verdict on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United debut against Newcastle United after previously claiming the Portuguese international was too old for Manchester United.

Merson said on Soccer Saturday; “His [Ronaldo’s] movement was phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal. First half he made runs, didn’t really get the ball, then the goal was a mistake by the goalkeeper, but there’s only one person following up.

“There’s not four players there and they’re all fighting to tap it in. He’s the one who goes ‘You know what he’s going to spill this’ and he taps it in.”

He was also impressed with Ronaldo’s second goal against Newcastle.

He added: “His second goal. Shaw gets the ball, and he knows there’s an opportunity and he sprints.

“And he didn’t sprint too many times today, you can watch him, he didn’t but he sprinted at the right times.

“It’s a great ball by Shaw, but it’s a great touch the way he takes it away from [Isaac] Hayden, and he hits it with his left foot.

“His movement. His awareness in seeing it. That’s what he’s there for”