Cristiano Ronaldo is already having a positive impact on his new teammates.
A consummate professional off the pitch, the former Real Madrid and Juventus marksman has dedicated his life to his profession in order to eke out every drop of talent possible.
And goalkeeper Lee Grant revealed members of the squad are already looking to how he keeps himself in shape by refusing to indulge in any treats before the Newcastle game at Old Trafford for fear of being judged.
“This was Friday night in the group hotel,” he told Darren Bent and Darren Ambrose on the Boot Room on talkSPORT.
“So, as you guys will be aware, you finish your dinner and usually on a Friday night you’ve got a few cheat stuff out.
“You’ve got some apple crumble or you’ve got a bit of brownie and cream or what not.
“I tell you now, not one player touched the apple crumble and custard, not one player went up for that brownie because everybody was sat down and one of the lads said to me, ‘What has Cristiano got on his plate?’
“So we were having a little goosey gander at what he has got and obviously it is the cleanest, most healthy plate you can imagine.
“And it just cracked me up how not one single player dared get up and have that junk food that was laid out.”
In true Ronaldo style, the Portugal captain marked his first game for the club since leaving in 2009 by scoring twice during a 4-1 demolition of Newcastle.
The 36-year-old then told his teammates how happy he was to be back, even delivering a speech instead of performing an initiation.
Grant continued: “Everyone will know, whenever anyone gets up, it’s normally like ‘Here is a spoon, get on a stool or a chair and sing.’
“And I was one of the first ones because I am one of the older players so straight away I am rattling the glasses to try and see.
“We had [Raphael Varane], Jadon [Sancho] had to do his little piece and obviously Cristiano. We were all sort of on tenterhooks thinking if he was going to get up and sing.
“But he got up, he was brilliant, obviously I am not going to disclose the contents of what he said, but it was interesting that that was one of the points that he made about his nerves.
“He reiterated it post-match, so really interesting. But what I think that it does show, and something we are all aware as players, is that he really wants to be back here.
“He was incredibly excited at the opportunity to come back and play for the club so that’s incredibly humbling for Manchester United fans and anyone connected to the club.
“He is this global megastar that is absolutely ecstatic to be back.”
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