Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has brilliant record against Man City and could show Pep Guardiola what he almost signed in Manchester derby

Cristiano Ronaldo will feature in the Manchester derby for the first time in 12 years as he looks to continue his impressive record against Man City. 

A lot has happened since Ronaldo first arrived at Manchester United as an 18-year-old, with a once fresh-faced kid now one of the best players in world football.

Man United signed 18-year-old Ronaldo for £12.24m in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon

Ronaldo’s special talent blossomed on Manchester United’s training pitch at Carrington that moulded him into the player he is today.

The Portuguese superstar is now the most experienced player in Manchester derbies, following his sensational return to United last summer.

And he boasts some impressive stats against the Red Devils’ local rivals.

Ronaldo scored in his last Manchester derby appearance in a United shirt, and he’ll be looking to continue where he left off as he prepares to face the Cityzens again.

Ronaldo has made a sensational return to United, registering nine goals and an assist in 11 appearances this season.

And there aren’t many more fitting ways to reach double figures than by getting on the scoresheet against United’s noisy neighbours.

Ronaldo has proven pedigree against City, managing a total of seven goal contributions [five goals and two assists] in games for United and Real Madrid.

The 36-year-old also holds a strong winning record against the reigning Premier League champions. He has played against Man City 14 times in all competitions throughout his career, being on the winning side on nine occasions.

Always a man for the big occasion, the five-time Champions League winner’s goals in Manchester derbies were also of big significance.

His first goal in the derby came when he converted to help United win 4-2 in the FA Cup fifth round, en route to winning the famous competition.

The forward’s breakthrough season in 2006/07 also saw him notch a decisive spot-kick in United’s 1-0 win over City, which helped secure the club’s first league title in four years.

And he marked his final goal for the club, before his £80m move to Real in 2009, with a memorable free-kick against City, with United eventually lifting their third consecutive league title.

Ronaldo enjoyed a golden first spell at Manchester United

Ronaldo’s first spell at the Red Devils served as his apprenticeship, between 2003 and 2009, scoring over hundred goals and winning multiple honours – including three Premier League titles and the Champions League.

It laid the foundations for the rest of his career and saw him achieve numerous sporting records and achievements with Real and Juventus – adding a further four Ballon d’Or honours to the first he won while still at Old Trafford.

He has quickly repaid the club during his second spell, with his goalscoring contributions arguably keeping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his job.

And Saturday’s Manchester derby could serve as a reminder for Pep Guardiola of what he’s missing this season, having been agonisingly close to brining him the to the Etihad Stadium in the summer.

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