Decision made over Sky and BT Sport’s TV request for Cristiano Ronaldo’s Man Utd debut


Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential return to Premier League will not be televised live in the UK after BT Sport and Sky Sports decided against requesting to move the match against Newcastle United.

The match will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5Live after they swapped their live commentary from Leicester City’s match with Manchester City.

There was a lot of anticipation surrounding the next destination for Ronaldo as it was confirmed on Deadline Day that United won the race to sign the 36-year-old, beating off rivals City to the attacker from Juventus.

He returns to Old Trafford 12 years after leaving for Real Madrid in what was a then-world record £80m fee.

For fans wanting to see the Portugal captain’s return to the Premier League, they can watch it later on Saturday evening on Sky Sports, who have chosen to show the match in full at 8:30pm as part of their Game of the Day programme rather than request a change.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s side welcome Newcastle to Old Trafford in their first game after the international break with Ronaldo in fine spirits after breaking the world record for most international goals, surpassing Ali Daei’s accolade.

The Magpies will be hoping the 36-year-old’s return to the English top-flight will be delayed in a bid to nullify the opportunity of the four-time Ballon d’Or winner continuing his rich vein against the Toon Army.

There will be no change to scheduling on BT Sport either, as they will show coverage of Crystal Palace’s home match with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday lunchtime, with Chelsea welcoming Aston Villa live on Sky on Saturday evening.

Liverpool travel to Elland Road on Sunday and Everton’s clash Burnley on Monday night with both matches live as part of Super Sunday on Sky.

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