10 Gentlemen, Friends of Cristiano Ronaldo in their debut match at Manchester United, what are you doing now?


It has been more than 18 years since Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for Manchester United .

After losing David Beckham to Real Madrid, legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson went to Portugal to pick up Ronaldo in 2003.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned last summer after trips to Real Madrid and Juventus.

In his first edition at Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games. He won three Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008.

He reached higher levels in Spain, before returning from Juventus last season.

In the second episode at Old Trafford, Ronaldo has scored 14 goals this season, including one against Burnley, which proves that he is still sharp.

But things have changed since Cristiano Ronaldo replaced Nicky Butt for his debut against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, 16 August 2003.

This is what the 11 Manchester United players who used to accompany Cristiano Ronaldo in the debut match.

Tim Howard, Phil Neville, Rio Ferdinand
Tim Howard

Signed in the same season as Ronaldo, the goalkeeper played 77 times for Manchester United. He played for his team, Memphis 901 FC, last season. Since then he has hung up his gloves.

Phil Neville

Has coached the England Women’s National Team and currently sits on the Inter Miami coaching team bench.

Rio Ferdinand

Ferdinand played 455 times for Manchester United during a very successful period which also saw him win six Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008. Currently a fan on BT Sport, he is also the host of his Vibe With Five show.

Mikael Silvestre, Quinton Fortune, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Mikael Silvestre

After spending nine years at Old Trafford, the Frenchman went on to represent Arsenal before coaching in Germany, the United States and India towards the end of his career.

Silvestre worked as a global ambassador for Playon recently. He has also completed his studies for the UEFA A License coaching qualification, as well as a sports management degree.

Quinton Fortune

Signed as a substitute for Roy Keane, the South African was left-back for Ronaldo’s debut. Fortune, who previously returned to the club in charge of the Under-23s, was the technical coach at Reading in the Championship.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

There has been no update on Solskjaer’s career after being sacked from Manchester United in November 2021.

Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Nicky Butt
Roy Keane

After winning countless trophies, he took charge of Sunderland and Ipswich Town. Now, he is often seen on TV screens, working as a sharp-tongued pandit for Sky Sports.

Ryan Giggs

Giggs is one of the most famous players in the history of Manchester United, appearing in 963 games between 1991-2014, winning 13 titles and the Champions League on two occasions. After serving as assistant manager under Louis van Gaal, he went on to manage the Wales national team.

Nicky Butt

Last playing for South China AA in 2011, Butt returned to United in an academy coaching team capacity. He helped put Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams into orbit. He left the club in March this year.

Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy
Paul Scholes

One of the great midfielders in the Premier League. Scholes made over 700 appearances for United. He now works as a pundit for BT Sport and owns League Two club Salford City.

Ruud van Nistelrooy

Van Nistelrooy scored 95 goals in just 150 Premier League games. He is currently working as a coach for PSV U-19s.