Cristiano Ronaldo victorious second debut for Manchester United was met with a feminist protest in the sky above Old Trafford.
An expectant sell-out crowd chorused the 36-year-old’s name as he emerged from the tunnel ahead of a second debut for the club following last month’s £20 million move from Juventus.
Shortly after the Portuguese star’s entrance, a plane organised by feminist campaign group Level Up, circled Old Trafford for much of the first half.
The aircraft flew over the stadium trailing a banner with the words ‘believe Kathryn Mayorga’, in reference to an ongoing civil case taken against Ronaldo in the United States.
Kathryn Mayorga, 37, reported a rape allegation in the hours after meeting Ronaldo in Las Vegas during June 2009, the month in which Real Madrid parted with a then-world record £80m for his services.