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Sir Alex Ferguson has compared Wayne Rooney to Pele and claimed the Manchester United striker is on course for his best-ever goal haul.

Rooney, with eight goals in his first four Premier League games, is well on his way to breaking his personal best of 34, achieved two seasons ago.

The United striker will lead his side’s attack in their Champions League opener against Benfica on Wednesday, after Ferguson placed him in the same bracket as the Brazil legend.

“If you look at Pele, for instance, he was a very aggressive attacker also who could look after himself – so can Rooney,” said Ferguson.

“They have similarities that way in terms of strength, speed, determination.”

Ferguson made the comparison with Pele after Benfica boss Jorge Jesus claimed Rooney had elements of the Brazilian and Argentine styles in his game.

“I disagree there,” said Ferguson. “I think Wayne’s a typical British player.

“But there have been British players over the years who’ve had similar qualities that make them great players, whether it’s Paul Gascoigne, George Best, Bobby Charlton or Denis Law.

“The similarities [between them and Rooney] are that the boy has great courage, he wants to play all the time and he has incredible stamina. These are added extras to the talent he has.

“Wayne has shown great maturity in his game, that’s what happens when you reach your mid-20s.

“You get more authority in game, your timing becomes better and your understanding becomes better.”

Ferguson also backed Rooney to beat his previous best goal tally after his flying start to the season.

“I’m sure it’s a target for him,” said the United boss. “I don’t think that matters for him at the moment though. I’m sure he doesn’t go out at the start of the season thinking that way.

“But as the season progresses like it did two years ago, when the target was to get over 30, he reached it very quickly and ended the season with 34 goals.

“If that’s the target this season and he gets to that, then I’ll be absolutely delighted because with Chicharito’s ability to score, we could have two goalscorers above 25.”

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