Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return to Manchester United early following his ban by Portugal.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return to Manchester United early following his ban by Portugal.

After the international break, Manchester United has been preparing for Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the club.

Cristiano Ronaldo will go to Manchester United training earlier than planned after receiving a ban for his yellow card in Tuesday night’s dramatic 2-1 win over Republic of Ireland. That does not even begin to capture the story of a night that demonstrated how good Ronaldo is still after returning to United 12 years after leaving Real Madrid.

In the first half, Ronaldo had a chance to become the all-time best goalscorer in international football, but Manchester City goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu saved his penalty.

CR7 did come up trumps only a minute from time to save Portugal’s blushes, rescuing them from what looked like becoming a humbling home defeat on home soil for the reigning Nations League champions.

Ronaldo, on the other hand, was not finished yet, as he scored an unbelievable 95th-minute goal to give his country all three points.

It was a goal that demonstrated why Ronaldo is still regarded as a superstar at the age of 36.

However, there was some bad news as well: Ronaldo’s yellow card, which he received after removing his shirt in celebration, means he will miss next week’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan.

Portugal will play Qatar in a friendly on Saturday, but according to ESPN’s Mark Ogden, he is anticipated to be freed, allowing him to return to United sooner than expected.

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