Seven of the most effective Man Utd debuts: Rooney, Ronaldo, Rashford & extra

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t have requested for a a lot better second debut as a Manchester United participant.

The Portuguese ahead went straight into the beginning line-up after signing from Juventus, and scored United’s first two targets as they beat Newcastle United to go prime of the Premier League.

Over time, United followers have been handled to loads of memorable debuts from their gamers, a few of whom went on to larger and higher issues and others whose debut was the spotlight. We’ve taken a have a look at among the most memorable.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Few have been vastly stunned by Ronaldo’s return in opposition to Newcastle. He’s a participant who has scored purpose after purpose since leaving United in 2009 – 21 league targets for Juventus in 2018-19 is his lowest return in any of these 12 seasons – so there was a crushing inevitability about all of it.

The targets have been basic late-era Ronaldo. Unfussy, certain, however delicacy has begun to matter lower than sheer ruthlessness. And followers gained’t be complaining if an unfussy purpose finally ends up being the one which wins them a primary league title since 2013.

Curiously, his first United spell wasn’t practically so goal-heavy initially, when he was nonetheless extra of a winger than a striker. It took him 25 video games to succeed in two targets again within the 2003-04 marketing campaign.

Wayne Rooney

Rooney needed to wait some time for his debut, having joined whereas carrying an damage suffered at Euro 2004, however he quickly made up for misplaced time.

It took him simply 17 minutes to beat Fenerbahce goalkeeper Rustu in a Champions League group sport, and fewer than an hour to finish a hat-trick which he capped off with a scrumptious free-kick.

A part of us knew, even then, that it was the beginning of a really particular Manchester United profession.

Marcus Rashford

Rashford’s United debut wasn’t supposed to come back as early because it did, however the ahead demonstrated he would have been able to step up at any cut-off date.

Accidents to Rooney, Anthony Martial and Will Keane gave Rashford his probability within the Europa League, with the Crimson Devils combating to overturn a first-leg deficit in opposition to FC Midtjylland, and the then-18-year-old helped United keep away from a shock exit by scoring twice in an eventual 5-1 win.

Not solely that, however he added two extra targets to assist beat Arsenal within the league three days later, and even scored on his England debut in opposition to Australia that very same 12 months.

Anthony Martial

Rashford wasn’t the one participant to attain on his United debut within the 2015-16 season.

Martial’s switch price prompted a stir when he joined from Monaco on the finish of the summer time switch window, however a debut strike in opposition to Liverpool purchased the Frenchman some prompt love from the fanbase.

He has now crossed the 50-goal threshold for the membership, and whereas it hasn’t at all times been plain crusing there have been some fantastic moments – not least the match-winning hat-trick in opposition to Sheffield United in 2020.

Paul Scholes

Whereas Manchester United followers know Scholes as top-of-the-line Premier League midfielders of his technology, issues might have been very completely different.

The academy product started his profession as a ahead, and put his ending abilities to good use in a League Cup win over Port Vale again in 1994 earlier than additionally netting on his league debut, a comfort as United have been crushed by Ipswich City.

There’s an alternate timeline the place Paul Scholes is considered one of United’s – and maybe considered one of England’s – nice strikers. Sadly we’ll by no means know what that may have seemed like.

READ: A tribute to younger Paul Scholes (he scores targets) at Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

There was by no means a lot doubt about what Manchester United have been getting with Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the striker joined in 2016, however even in that context it didn’t take him lengthy to make an influence.

Not solely did the Swede rating on his debut within the Group Defend, however he then bagged on his league bow earlier than including two extra in a victory over Southampton, ending the season with 28 targets in all competitions.

And to assume there was a time when some Premier League followers doubted his capacity to ship in English soccer.

Federico Macheda

Not each goalscoring debut for United has led to a protracted and illustrious profession – have a look at Dan James, Nick Powell and Alex Buttner to call however three – however generally you don’t want a protracted profession to go down in historical past.

Federico Macheda was 17 years outdated and scoring freely for the reserves when Sir Alex Ferguson introduced him off the bench as a Hail-Mary play in opposition to Aston Villa within the 2008-09 title run-in. Everyone knows what occurred subsequent.

The Italian solely scored 4 extra senior targets in a United shirt, however that gained’t matter to the followers who noticed him take advantage of essential of variations.


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