Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo has welcomed comparisons with Old Trafford legend George Best.

Ronaldo said: "I never imagined I would have 23 goals by January but the team are playing very well and my friends are creating many opportunities for me to score.

"It is a pleasure and a great compliment when people compare me to George Best.

"For me, Best was one of the most important players ever.

"If I break his record I'm happy but to be honest, I don't care. The most important thing is for the team to win the title.

"Last season I scored 23 times. This time I want to score more. I just want to do my best and improve every year.

"My shooting was not at its best but you need to keep believing even if you miss three or four and, finally, I scored after a great run."