Declan Donnelly watches in awe as Ronaldo makes his debut at Manchester United vs Newcastle match


Declan Donnelly put on a very animated display as Manchester United played host to his beloved Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.

The TV personality, 45, seemed to be in his element at Old Trafford as Portuguese icon Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, made his second debut after resigning for the Red Devils. 

Dec looked on as Ronaldo scored a brace during the home side’s comprehensive 4-1 mauling of Steve Bruce‘s hapless Magpies.   

In hysterics: Declan Donnelly put on a very animated display as Manchester United played host to his beloved Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday

Having a blast! He clearly hadn't been fazed that he and his presenting sidekick Ant McPartlin, 45, had been blasted by Piers Morgan following their win at the National Television Awards, where they take home the Best Presenter trophy for the 20th year running

Having a blast! He clearly hadn’t been fazed that he and his presenting sidekick Ant McPartlin, 45, had been blasted by Piers Morgan following their win at the National Television Awards, where they take home the Best Presenter trophy for the 20th year running

The football fanatic and presenting sidekick Ant McPartlin, 45, were recently blasted by Piers Morgan, 56, following their win at the National Television Awards, where they took home the Best Presenter trophy for the 20th year running. 

The former Good Morning Britain host had been nominated in the same category and made it no secret that he was hoping to beat Ant & Dec.

‘We’ve just been in the middle of a pandemic in which their contribution was to interview people about eating kangaroo testicles in a Welsh castle,’ he said of their show, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.

‘I felt my contribution to the biggest news story of our lifetime was slightly more significant,’ said Piers, who continually held the government to account before defiantly storming off the GMB set for good in March.

The journalist added: ‘That is the lot of anybody who works in television. There is an unwritten rule that Ant & Dec win all the awards and will continue to do so 

Unimpressed: The Geordie boys have taunted Piers over the years with their NTA wins, and now it seems he's had enough of it (pictured in 2016)

Unimpressed: The Geordie boys have taunted Piers over the years with their NTA wins, and now it seems he’s had enough of it (pictured in 2016)

Larking around: 'We've just been in the middle of a pandemic in which their contribution was to interview people about eating kangaroo testicles in a Welsh castle,' said Piers (pictured in 2020)

Larking around: ‘We’ve just been in the middle of a pandemic in which their contribution was to interview people about eating kangaroo testicles in a Welsh castle,’ said Piers (pictured in 2020)

Also in attendance at the match was Welsh football coach Ryan Giggs, 47, who looked deep in concentration as he tensely followed the match.

With Ronaldo the headline attraction having re-joined United from Juventus this summer, it was a must-have ticket for the pair. 

The outing comes amid ongoing legal woes for Ryan.  

At the end of July, a court heard that Ryan allegedly kicked his former girlfriend Kate Greville in the back before throwing her out of a five-star hotel bedroom naked after she accused him of flirting with other women.

Focused: Also in attendance at the match was Welsh football coach Ryan Giggs, 47, who looked deep in concentration as he tensely followed the match

Focused: Also in attendance at the match was Welsh football coach Ryan Giggs, 47, who looked deep in concentration as he tensely followed the match

Charges: At the end of July, a court heard that Ryan allegedly kicked his former girlfriend in the back before throwing her out of a five-star hotel bedroom naked after she accused him of flirting with other women

Charges: At the end of July, a court heard that Ryan allegedly kicked his former girlfriend in the back before throwing her out of a five-star hotel bedroom naked after she accused him of flirting with other women 

Ryan is also accused of head-butting Kate and controlling and coercive behaviour against her lasting more than three years.

He allegedly assaulted his former lover, 36, and caused her actual bodily harm at his home in, Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1 last year.

The Welsh football coach is also charged with common assault by beating against Ms Grenville’s sister Emma Greville during the same incident at his home.

Manchester Crown Court heard the alleged controlling or coercive behaviour took place between August 2017 and November 2020 the details of which were set out by prosecutor Tim Evans. 

He was charged with offences in April and he issued a statement at the time, saying: ‘I have full respect for the due process of law and understand the seriousness of the allegations. I will plead not guilty in court and look forward to clearing my name.’

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) later announced it had noted the decision of The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to charged Giggs and caretaker boss Robert Page would manage the country at this summer’s European Championship finals.

The former Manchester United midfielder was bailed and is due to appear at a pre-trial hearing on October 8. His conditions of bail are that he must not contact Kate or Emma Greville or go to any address where they are.

He’s due to stand trial on January 24, 2022. 

Statement: The Wales manager missed his country's recent Nations League fixtures, following his arrest late last year

Statement: The Wales manager missed his country’s recent Nations League fixtures, following his arrest late last year



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