Cristiano Ronaldo arrives in Manchester and greeted by former Man Utd team-mate

Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived in Manchester for his return to Manchester United – and he was greeted by a former team-mate.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner's return to Old Trafford was confirmed last week, 12 years after leaving for Real Madrid.

Leaving Juventus training last week, he flew straight to Lisbon ahead of Portugal's World Cup qualifier against Ireland, which was won 2-1.

But he was set to miss the next game against Azerbaijan due to a yellow card picked up in his home country.

And it saw national boss Fernando Santos give him permission to miss friendlies against Qatar to fly to Manchester.

Images were shared on the club website of the forward arriving in the city on Thursday evening.

It came the same night that Ronaldo's No.7 number was confirmed, with a request successfully made and Edinson Cavani swapping to international number 21.

And the 36-year-old was greeted at Manchester Airport by Darren Fletcher, who played alongside the Portuguese forward during his six-year first stint.

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But the former midfielder was working in his position as technical director, playing a key role in the recruitment process over the summer.

And Ronaldo will link up with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad next week, according to the website, as players return from international duty.

The flight also sees the 36-year-old join girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez as well as his children, who flew in on Friday.

Ronaldo returns to United with 30 major honours under his belt, scoring 674 goals in 897 club appearances.

And the 36-year-old arrives in Manchester with a brand new record, having become the highest all-time international goalscorer.

The forward scored with one minute of normal time left against Ireland to level the game – and beat Iran hero Ali Daei's record of 109 goals.

While a penalty in stoppage time, which saw him get booked for slapping Dara O'Shea on the spot, made it 111 and a win.

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