Exclusive : ‘No way in a million years that Ronaldo won’t start against Newcastle’ says legend

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to make his second debut for the club this week – and legendary defender Paul Parker says that it must be from the start!

There has been some speculation about what role he will play against Newcastle due to the fact he only played a small part in Juventus’ season and in just one of Portugal’s two international games this week – albeit with a major role in that game.

Coupled with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s gentle introduction of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to the United fold, it has been suggested Ronaldo might even be a substitute against Newcastle this weekend – but Parker has rubbished the very notion.

“There’s no way in a million years can he have Ronaldo on the bench,” he said, speaking exclusively on this week’s Talking Devils podcast. “It would be ludicrous. Ronaldo wouldn’t allow that to happen!”

Parker believes Ronaldo will want to play every game and will still have the ambition to prove himself by winning the biggest personal and club honours around.

“He sets himself challenges,” Parker said. “One of them is to win something with United. Imagine if he won the European Cup again with United? That’s the standard of challenge he’s setting himself. He’s going to want to pay in every game left to win the golden boot.”

“He’d be the worst sub in the world especially when things aren’t going right. There are a lot of people paying silly money to attend this game and they don’t want to be singing about a player they idolise who is on the bench.”

The game against Newcastle is one of the most highly-anticipated league matches in recent memory – and Parker has stressed that United must be up for the occasion.

“Let’s not forget there’s another team. They’ll want to be party poopers. Steve Bruce had a good run at the end of last season with some unbelievable results. This is a big occasion. You can’t just switch off and expect it to happen because of all the singing and dancing about one individual.”

“A lot of those Geordie fans cannot believe their luck that they’ve got a ticket for this and all of a sudden it’s turned into a festival.”

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