Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed a dream second Manchester United debut against Newcastle on September 11.
The 36-year-old, who returned to Old Trafford at the end of the summer transfer window after 12 years away from the Premier League, netted a brace as United sealed an impressive 4-1 victory.
Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard also got themselves on the scoresheet as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side moved to the top of the Premier League table.
While it’s still very early in the season, Man Utd suddenly look like genuine Premier League title contenders.
With the talismanic Ronaldo in their ranks, it would be a surprise if the Red Devils fail to challenge Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea this term.
Ronaldo’s impact on Man Utd teammates’ diets
The Portuguese megastar has already made a big impact on his teammates behind the scenes, according to goalkeeper Lee Grant.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Grant revealed that United’s players all rejected the opportunity to have their usual Friday night dessert because of Ronaldo.
“To give you one instance of the impact he is having on the group right,” Grant said. “This was Friday night in the hotel.
“So, as you guys will be aware, you finish your dinner and usually on a Friday night you’ve got a few cheat stuff out.
“You’ve got some apple crumble and custard or you’ve got a bit of brownie and cream or whatnot.
“I tell you now, not one player touched the apple crumble and custard, not one player went up for that brownie because everybody was sat down and one of the lads said to me, ‘What has Cristiano got on his plate?’
“So we were having a little goosey gander at what he has got and obviously it is the cleanest, most healthy plate you can imagine.
“And it just cracked me up how not one single player dared get up and have that junk food that was laid out.”
Asked what Ronaldo’s plate consisted of, Grant added: “I’ll tell you one of his plates – he had several. One of them was quinoa, avocado and a couple of boiled eggs.
“Listen, this guy is in incredible shape. He’s actually got the second best body behind me now at the club – and that’s saying something, so fair play to him!”
Ronaldo has only been back in Manchester for a couple of weeks and his new teammates are already copying what the five-time Ballon d’Or winner does to keep himself in such incredible physical condition despite his advancing years.
Solskjaer must be delighted.