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CRISTIANO Ronaldo is on course to topple George Best as United's most prolific goalscoring winger.

The 22-year-old's first ever Reds' hat-trick in the 6-0 thrashing of Newcastle takes the Portuguese international's season tally to 22.

That's just one short of his 2006-07 contribution and 10 behind Best's 1968 phenomenal haul of 32 in all competitions.

Best was Old Trafford's top scorer in four seasons in the 60s and 70s.

Ronaldo has beaten the Irish genius's 1971 tally, is one behind his haul from 1970, and four away from equalling his 1972 contribution.

Then he'll have that figure from 40 years ago in his sights.

Of course, United won the European Cup that term and Best was European Footballer of the Year.

But for now Ronaldo is more content that the champions are back on top of the Premiership.

"I am very proud and happy because I scored three important goals," he said.

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"But we need to focus on the fact we are top of the league. That's the most important thing.

"The team is very confident and we feel great. We are playing well. It is great for the spirit. It is fantastic. We are very confident and playing some fantastic football.

"In the second half, we were brilliant. We need to keep going like that."

Ronaldo had his match ball signed by all United's dressing room and it will now have pride of place in his home.

But Sir Alex Ferguson believes the winger could be making room for a few more.

"Cristiano was a very happy bunny in the dressing room," said the United manager.

"It is a good moment for the boy. He has scored two on many occasions. It has been coming and now he has broken it. We are all delighted for him.

"Who is to say he can't get many more hat-tricks for us "The way he is going, who is to say where he will finish up. He is improving all the time.

"A haul of 22 goals already is marvellous. We said in the summer `could he do it again?' I couldn't see why not.

"He is an improving player. He is showing more maturity. His decision-making is getting better all the time. His knowledge is getting better."
 

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Red Devil said:
Denis Law holds the record for the most hat tricks 18; now Ronaldo has one - thats only 17 to go ;)
For the hat-trick record, I'm not doubting Ronnie's ability.........but I still think that's more realistic for Wazza to achieve it....
 

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On Sky Sports News it said that Ronaldo is currently =11th in the Premiership midfielders league goal scoring list. The top 3 are...

1 Scholes
2 Giggs
3 Lampard

I think he is 45 goals behind Scholes.
 

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reddwarf said:
On Sky Sports News it said that Ronaldo is currently =11th in the Premiership midfielders league goal scoring list. The top 3 are...

1 Scholes
2 Giggs
3 Lampard

I think he is 45 goals behind Scholes.
they've been around for sometime............ronnie will 100% beat that record unless he leaves united...............;)
 

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If Ronnie doesn't pick up an injury or get suspensions i don't see any reason why he cannot score 11 more goals and beat Bests 1968 performance.
 

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reddwarf said:
On Sky Sports News it said that Ronaldo is currently =11th in the Premiership midfielders league goal scoring list. The top 3 are...

1 Scholes
2 Giggs
3 Lampard

I think he is 45 goals behind Scholes.
Well that record is going to be gone. Ronaldo can top that in 2-3 years.
 

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John Aston only scored 27/166
George Best scored 179/470
Steve Coppell 70/393
Gerry Daly 32/137
David Beckham 85/356
Quinton Fortune 11/88
Ryan Giggs 140/636
Gordon Hill 51/133
Andre Kanchelskis 36/132
Ralph Milne 3/26 ;) who? !!
Willie Morgan 34/293
Jesper Olsen 24/149
Keiran Richardson 11/44

just a selection
 

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RichardsReds said:
disappointed not to see Poborsky or Blomqvist mentioned. Jesper was un our UCL team wasn't he?

winning team i meant.
RD said he just mentioned a select few.....
Poborsky was no use for United to be fair. He was a poor signing and couldn't cut it at OT. Dont get me wrong he was a great pro and player in his time and got over 100 caps for his country but it just didnt work out.

Blomquist did play in the '99 final but only because Scholes and Keane were suspended and Beckham played in the middle so there was a aspace for him.
Fergie is known to buy players that have played well against United and he had a great game for Gothenburg against us in the CL....but again to be fair he had a disappointing career at United......so in conclusion those 2 shouldnt be on the list.
 

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RichardsReds said:
disappointed not to see Poborsky or Blomqvist mentioned. Jesper was un our UCL team wasn't he?

winning team i meant.
I concentrated on those who scored the most from the wings, I would hardly rate Poborsky as a winger. His fgiures are 6/28.

As for Blomqvist - 1/29 hardly going to set the night afire is he?

The figures for Ryan Giggs do not include this season by the way.

On reflection, I would not count Gerry Daly as a winger; he was more central midfield
 
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