Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Manchester United has been met with excitement inside the dressing room, according to goalkeeper Lee Grant.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is officially back at Old Trafford for a second spell after completing a £12.9million (€15m) – rising to £19.7m (€23m) – move from Juventus on Tuesday.
Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances during his first spell at the club under Alex Ferguson between 2003 and 2009.
The forward also won three Premier League titles, the Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup before his world-record transfer to Real Madrid.
Grant says he and his United team-mates are relishing Ronaldo’s eagerly anticipated return to Carrington following the international break.
And the goalkeeper believes his influence will be of huge benefit to all the players throughout the squad – regardless of their experience.
“The thing that struck me and made me realise this is huge is actually the reaction of our more senior players.”
“If Lee Grant is excited, who is one of our back-up goalkeepers, and thinking the impact that it’s going to have on me and my training and the level I’ve got to bring, imagine what that is going to do for our more senior players” .
“I was at the nursery picking up one of my children and one of the guys – one of our more senior players – to see the look on his face and his excitement, bordering on giddiness at the fact we’ve been able to bring Cristiano in was a real eye opener for me” .
“We talk about the impact Edinson [Cavani] had when he came to the football club and the impact he’s having to this day.
“Ronaldo will bring that same level of professionalism and example that is vital for our young players, who are still making their way in the game.
“We’ve got young players, but they are top young players, so to learn from the pinnacle, the apex predator in Cristiano Ronaldo, there’s going to be none better.”