Latest Football News From Manchester: Cristiano Ronaldo has changed the mentality of Manchester United supporters – Omar Garrick

From despair at the thought of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo in a Man City shirt to the delight of seeing the Portuguese international score two on his second debut for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, it's certainly been a surreal period for many fans.

Ronaldo starred for United during the 4-1 win against Newcastle on Saturday, proving some of his many doubters wrong with a sensational performance up top.

The 36-year-old's first goal came from a stumble by Newcastle goalkeeper, Freddie Woodman, who dropped the ball from a Mason Greenwood shot, which Ronaldo tapped in from close range.

The second goal arrived shortly after Steve Bruce's side equalised, with Luke Shaw playing a lovely ball through to Ronaldo, who took one touch to set himself up before shooting through Woodman's legs. United then went on to comfortably seal the victory.

To give you an idea of the specimen Ronaldo is, just look at the speed he clocked when running in on goal for his second. It was 18.1mph. At his age, that is unheard of.

He will take the headlines and rightly so because he was brilliant and he's put a smile n so many faces.

Perhaps the most box-office player there's ever been in the Premier League, the buzz around the club is something that hasn't been seen in a very long time.

Since his return was announced, the mood has changed.

United, overall, had a good transfer window before Ronaldo signed, with the acquisitions of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. Both of them added something different to what Solskjaer already had.

In particular, the signing of Varane symbolised a shift in approach from the club. Very rarely has the Old Trafford hierarchy been able to get first-choice targets through the doors but they did with the Frenchman, who's been on their radar for quite some time.

Varane also had a winning mentality, but still, United supporters thought they needed something more.

At the time, people were crying out for the club to bring in a defensive midfielder because there was a gaping hole. The only real player with defensive attributes in the middle is Nemanja Matic, but he won't be able to play every game due to his age.

There was talk of one coming in, but nothing ever seemed concrete. It looked like United weren't going to bring any more players in at one point.

But then an opportunity arose to bring Ronaldo back and it has paid off, not just in terms of getting the fans onside, but also, it's lifted spirits.

Before Ronaldo, there was a belief with supporters that United could mount a title challenge. But there was a lot of emphasis on 'could'. When you think about it, Chelsea are the champions of Europe and added Romelu Lukaku. Manchester City won the Premier League yet added Jack Grealish to an already great team. Solskjaer needed something more because these two teams looked so strong.

Even pundits were highlighting the need for United to buy someone else.

During a Monday Night Football in August, Gary Neville struggled to comprehend why his old team weren't dipping into the market for a striker.

He said: “I am struggling to understand why Manchester United are not going that extra step in this transfer window.

“They are going to have to get a centre forward at some point, why not get the man now to give them that impetus to get towards that 95 points? Because I don't think they can just with Sancho and Varane.”

Indeed, the club eventually reacted when Manchester City were interested in signing Ronaldo. This prompted United to act and they got their man.

The feeling was something indescribable and when he scored those two goals on Saturday, it was such a nostalgic feeling for everyone associated with English football.

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Ronaldo doesn't just bring goals though. He also has the mentality and strength to push his team further. Solskjaer confirmed he gave a speech to his players the night before the game but refused to divulge what he said.

His mental strength is why the club's psychology has changed in and around the ground. That word 'could' with regard to United winning the title is less emphatic since his arrival. There is now a genuine belief that United can win the title with him in the team.

If he manages to produce the form he showed on Saturday throughout the entire season, then United are going to be in for a brilliant ride ahead.