ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The return of Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo could influence Paul Pogba to sign a contract extension with Manchester United this year.
Manchester United officials are hopeful Pogba will stay since he is an integral part of the team just like Ronaldo.
On Saturday, Ronaldo scored two goals in Manchester United’s 4-1 win against Newcastle in his first game back to his old team.
The 36-year-old Ronaldo was a ma on a mission in the game as he evaded tough defense to score twin goals for his team.
Ronaldo signed a two-year deal to transfer to United from his current team Juventus.
In signing the deal, Ronaldo said his decision to return to United is due to his great love for the team who gave him many firsts in his professional soccer career.
“Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday. I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again,” Ronaldo said.
“My first domestic League, my first Cup, my first call to the Portuguese National team, my first Champions League, my first Golden Boot, and my first Ballon d’Or, they were all born from this special connection between me and the Red Devils,” Ronaldo added.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is very happy with Ronaldo’s decision to return to his old team since will be a huge addition to the team.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.