Ronaldo completed a sensational return to United from Juventus on the final day of the 2021 summer transfer window, 11 years on from his initial departure to Real Madrid. The Portuguese made a strong start to his second spell at Old Trafford, notably scoring two goals against Newcastle on his homecoming appearance, but results took a turn for the worse and Solskjaer was sacked after a dismal defeat at Watford that November.
Ronaldo finished the 2021-22 season with 24 goals to his name across all competitions, but he fell out of favour after Erik ten Hag was drafted in as Solskjaer's permanent successor. A lack of regular minutes eventually led to Ronaldo criticising the Dutch manager in a controversial interview with Piers Morgan, and United subsequently agreed to terminate his contract.
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