Zlatan Ibrahimovic said it was “special” to be back after making his first appearance for Manchester United in seven months.
The 36-year-old Swede has been sidelined since April after injuring his ACL in the Europa League match against Anderlecht.
But he came on to a rousing reception as a 77th-minute substitute for Anthony Martial in the 4-1 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford.
Speaking after the game, the striker told BT Sport: “It feels special. Different day, same quality, so I’m not worried at all because I know what I’m doing.
“I train hard, sacrificed a lot and it’s my head that’s playing – my knees just need to follow – so I’m not worried at all. Was I worried about returning? No. Lions don’t recover like humans.”
The Swede was not the only player making a welcome return for Manchester United. Paul Pogba started the game after being out for 12 weeks with a hamstring injury, scoring one and setting up another as United came back from a goal down to win the match comfortably.
“But we had to win, that was the most important thing. You just have to recover well because the Premier League is different to Italy, it’s more intense. Otherwise, I just feel good, just to come back.”
The result means United stay in second place and eight points behind leaders Manchester City with 26 points from 12 games.
United now turn their attention to the Champions League against Basel on Wednesday. Ibrahimovic will be looking to get back into the starting XI as soon as possible, while Pogba will be aiming to continue the impressive form he showed on his return to first-team action.