Man Utd’s XI from Cristiano Ronaldo’s first debut – and where they are now

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle this weekend – over 18 years on from his first.

There wasn't quite as much hype around the Portuguese in 2003, but supporters instantly knew they were on to something special.

Then 18, Ronaldo impressed off the bench as a replacement for Nicky Butt, acting as the catalyst as United cruised to a 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.

Displaying silky skills and frosted tips, that day would prove the start of Ronaldo's incredible career at the top level, which has taken him to Real Madrid, Juventus and now back to Old Trafford.

Daily Star Sport are looking back at the forward's team-mates that afternoon and where they are now.

Tim Howard

The 2003-04 season was Tim Howard's most prolific at United with the American stopper making 44 appearances in all competitions.

He would go on to enjoy a decade at Everton before finishing his career in his homeland with Colorado Rapids and Memphis 901.

Now 42, Howard is a pundit for NBC Sports' Premier League coverage, an international ambassador in the US for Everton and part-owner of National League side Dagenham & Redbridge.

Phil Neville

England international Phil Neville also made the switch from Old Trafford to Goodison Park, making 303 appearances for the Toffees between 2005 and 2013.

After hanging up his boots, 'Fizzer', moved into coaching and was named England Women's National Team manager in 2018, guiding the Lionesses to semi-final of the 2019 World Cup.

He is now manager of MLS side Inter Miami, who are part-owned by Neville's former Manchester United team-mate, David Beckham.

Quinton Fortune

Quinton Fortune's Manchester United career never really took off following his move from Atletico Madrid in 1999.

The South Africa international made 126 appearances at Old Trafford before spells at Bolton, Brescia, Tubize and Doncaster Rovers, where Fortune would finish his playing career.

He has since held coaching roles with Cardiff City and United and is now a first-team coach at Reading.

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Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand was a mainstay in United's defence for 12 seasons and, after a brief spell with QPR, he retired in 2015.

He is now one of the most prominent voices on the punditry circuit, appearing regularly on BT Sport and BBC.

Ronaldo's return might not have been possible without the help of Ferdinand, who helped persuade his former team-mate to come back.

Mikael Silvestre

Players like Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra rightly get plenty of acclaim for their contribution to United's defensive resilience over the years, but Mikael Silvestre played an important part too.

The Frenchman was a model of consistency in United’s defence for nine years before playing for Arsenal, Werder Bremen, Portland Timbers and Indian outfit Chennaiyin FC.

Since hanging up his boots in 2004, Silvestre has turned his hand to a range of different things, including being a director of football at Stade Rennais, charity work and founding a Caribbean rum brand.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

No prizes for guessing what happened to Solskjaer after Ronaldo's debut.

The Norwegian lasted another four years at Old Trafford after the Portuguese made his bow before calling it quits in 2007.

He learned the management ropes in two spells with Molde, either side of a brief, unsuccessful stint at Cardiff City before taking over at United in 2018 following Jose Mourinho's ill-fated time in charge.

Solskjaer was there for Ronaldo's first appearance at the Theatre of Dreams – and he'll certainly be there for the star's homecoming.

Roy Keane

Roy Keane left United under a cloud in 2005, spending six months at Celtic before hanging up his boots on medical advice.

He is now one of the game's most savage pundits, regularly popping up with fiery opinions and controversial takes on Sky Sports.

It's also worth remembering that before Keane began spouting his views on TV, he was a manager. He managed Sunderland and Ipswich, winning promotion to the Premier League with the former in 2007.

A return to the dugout might not be too far away for the 50-year-old, who revealed a few weeks ago that he held an interview to become the manager of a Championship club over the summer at his house.

Nicky Butt

A member of the Class of 92, Nicky Butt spent 12 years in United's first-team before joining Newcastle.

He later returned to Old Trafford to begin his coaching career and after working with the club's reserve team he was given the role as head of the academy in 2016.

The 46-year-old left his role as head of first-team development in March amid reports that his relationship with the club's new football director John Murtough had deteriorated.

Ryan Giggs

The most capped player in the club's history, Ryan Giggs moved into coaching as soon as his playing days were over.

Having spent his last season at Old Trafford as a player-coach under David Moyes, he took over as caretaker towards the end of the 2013-14 season after the Scotsman was sacked.

He was appointed Wales manager in 2018, but is currently suspended from that role having been charged with coercive or controlling behaviour, causing actual bodily harm, and assault by beating, allegations he has vehemently denied.

Paul Scholes

Another member of United's famed Class of 92, Paul Scholes made 718 appearances for United across two spells from 1993 to 2013 – having come out of retirement to feature in his last campaign as a professional.

The 46-year-old has dabbled in management with Salford City and Oldham Athletic, but is better known these days as a pundit with BT Sport.

Ruud van Nistelrooy

One of the most iconic strikers of the Premier League era, Ruud van Nistelrooy scored 150 goals in 219 appearances for the Red Devils between 2001 and 2006 before spells with Real Madrid, Hamburg and Malaga.

The Dutchman is another to have taken a foray into coaching, helping Guus Hiddink with the Netherlands national team and PSV Eindhoven Under-19s.

Since 2019 he has been assistant manger with the national side – a role he now combines with his job as manager of Jong PSV.

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