Key stats exemplify Cristiano Ronaldo evolution from winger to goal-machine as trigger-happy hero delivers on second Man United debut

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Cristiano Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes on his Manchester United return and made a huge impact with two goals in a 4-1 win over Newcastle.

His first was a simple tap-in after goalkeeper Freddie Woodman made a mess of a hopeful Mason Greenwood effort.

Ronaldo’s second was more stylish as he nutmegged Woodman to cap off a fine counter-attack fuelled by Luke Shaw.

Goalkeeping howler gifts Ronaldo his 119th Man United
Ronaldo nutmegs keeper after fine Luke Shaw link-up 

Goals are ultimately what Ronaldo will be judged upon but his overall impact on the game proved that he is still a freakish talent at the age of 36.

Ronaldo touched the ball 62 times at Old Trafford and was very trigger-happy, firing off six shots – more than any other player on the pitch.

When he left United for Real Madrid in 2009, Ronaldo was a wing wizard with a knack for scoring goals. He is no longer that player.

Evidence of his evolution from wide man to out-and-out centre forward was found in the fact that he completed zero dribbles, as documented by stats gurus

Defensively, Ronaldo did very little – making zero tackles, fouls, interceptions, blocks or clearances.

But his passing was fairly crisp. He completed 86.7% of his 45 passes.

His brace vs Newcastle marked the 200th time in Ronaldo’s career that he has scored two or more goals in a single match.

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