Cristiano Ronaldo has fired.
Manchester United weren’t at their best against Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.
But that didn’t matter by the end of the game, with Ronaldo stealing the headlines on his first match in red for 12 years.
Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard also struck to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side all three points.
And his electric performance suggests Cavani may struggle for regular starts during what is expected to be his final season at the club.
Last season, the Uruguay international fared well. Particularly at the end of the campaign, when Anthony Martial was out injured.
A modest return of 17 goals meant he broke the No 7 curse that has plagued the club ever since Ronaldo’s exit back in 2009.
But with United preferring to play with just one striker under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it’s now hard to see where he fits in.
Ronaldo is now a striker, having originally been a winger during his first stint with the Red Devils.
Cavani did play out wide at Paris Saint-Germain to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the veteran was never really a fan of that position.
Therefore, it’s feasible he’ll now spend most of the campaign watching on from the sidelines.
Solskjaer also has Mason Greenwood at his disposal, a player he’s regularly tipped to be a centre-forward in the future.
Instantly, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are back on top, leading the way in the Premier League. With Ronaldo back in the building, back on the pitch, everything feels different.
Cristiano Ronaldo has fired
Welcome home, read the flags being sold outside the ground. ‘Back where he belongs’ said the scarves worn by hundreds inside it. The Viva Ronaldo songs in The Trafford pub were providing the soundtrack outside the stadium three hours before kick-off.
Ultimately, Ronaldo is not famous just for being famous. He is famous for scoring goals, 450 of them in 438 Real Madrid appearances, over 100 goals in three seasons at Juventus. It is now two in one for United second time around. Goals seem to just find him but it is not luck.