When will Ronaldo arrive in Manchester?

Carlo Garganese

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed when new signing Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to arrive in the city.

Ronaldo completed a shock €28 million (£24m) return to Man Utd from Juventus on Friday.

However, he did not fly in to England to be presented and was thus not involved in Man United’s Premier League match against Wolves on Sunday.

Instead he has flown back to Portugal in order to be involved with his nation’s World Cup qualifiers that begin next week.

Portugal play Ireland in Algarve on Wednesday in a qualifier before taking on World Cup hosts Qatar in a friendly in Debrecen on Saturday.

The Portuguese then return to World Cup qualification by travelling to Baku to play Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

When will Ronaldo be in Manchester?

And Solskjaer has confirmed that he expects Ronaldo to fly to Manchester on Wednesday 8 September after completing international duty.

"We need to get all the paperwork done," Solskjaer said on Sunday. "I'm not part of that but hopefully we can get that sorted and announce it 100 per cent, then he's away with Portugal playing the games.

"They've got three games, the last game on Tuesday, get him back to Manchester with Bruno [Fernandes] and then hopefully he'll be involved ASAP.

"Let's get Cristiano signed first, he's not signed to sit on the bench. He's going to make us a better team."

Ronaldo is expected to make his Man Utd debut against Newcastle at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday 11 September.

Solskjaer also commented on Sunday’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Wolves, clinched with an 80th minute goal from Mason Greenwood.

"In the Premier League, sometimes they can go both ways and today we get three points," Solskjaer opined.

"To get a clean sheet... on another day they might score in the first-half when Aaron saves on the line and David saves two chances in the second-half. But that's also good play, you're allowed to have good players in either box.

"Mason is a special kid, he is unique at hitting the target quickly, he hits the target quickly, right foot, left foot. We played better in the second-half, definitely, but sometimes you have to earn your luck and I thought we did."