Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney will miss Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming – because of dad duties.
The Portuguese forward played with the Red Devils’ all-time top scorer for five of his six years in his first stint at Old Trafford.
And the 36-year-old is now back at United, 12 years after leaving to take his trophy tally to 30 with Real Madrid and Juventus.
Ronaldo is expected to make his second debut in front of a packed crowd at his club’s home ground for their Premier League clash with Newcastle on September 11.
Iconic figures such as Sir Alex Ferguson are expected to be at Old Trafford – but Rooney has admitted he will not be in the executive seats.
The club’s all-time top scorer said: “Two of my sons have got their own games, so I’ll be taking them and being a taxi driver on Saturday.
“Obviously I follow Manchester United, I want them to do well, and I think it’s great for them that they’ve brought Cristiano back.
“Cristiano will know himself it’s not going to be as simple or straightforward for him as it was in Spain or Italy.
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“It’s a physical league, but he knows that, because he’s played in it before, so I’m sure he’s prepared and ready to go and score goals again for Manchester United.”
Ronaldo returns to United on a two-year contract worth £480,000 per week, the club’s fourth signing of the summer window.
And Rooney believes that he could bring them closer to a first title in eight years, adding: “He’s one of the best players in the world and we saw, in the game against Ireland, what he does.
“In the last couple of minutes, he scores a couple of goals, great headers, so he’s going to have a massive impact on the Premier League.
“His mentality will rub off on the younger players, so I think it’s a great signing and United are finally ready to go and challenge for the title this year.
“Cristiano’s going to be a very big player. He’s going to have big moments in the season and I’m sure he’ll score a lot of goals.”