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Cristiano Ronaldo’s six greatest games at Old Trafford | Paul Wilson

After what George Best called the most exciting debut he had seen, the flicks, tricks, stepovers and goals just kept on coming

Ronaldo’s Old Trafford unveiling was remarkable in many ways, not least for George Best calling it the most exciting debut he had ever seen when the winger was on the pitch for only 30 minutes. The score was 1-0 to United when Ronaldo came on for Nicky Butt after an hour. By the end it was four and could have been more and the Bolton defenders Nicky Hunt, Ricardo Gardner and Ivan Campo were all glad to hear the final whistle. Pace, power, stepovers, quick feet and quality set-piece delivery: the 18-year-old seemed to have the lot, as one commentator noted. Life after David Beckham was not going to be dull after all.

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