Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Old Trafford in electric form since his last-minute summer transfer from Juventus.

With four goals in three appearances, Ronaldo has been vital to Manchester United ’s start to the season.

Although he left the club 12 years ago as a tricky winger, in the intervening years in Spain and Italy he has become one of the most prolific goalscorers of all time.

At Real Madrid, he won three consecutive Champions Leagues and whilst he failed to bring European glory to Juventus, he was Serie A’s top scorer last season.

The Portuguese superstar has broken goalscoring records across his career and on his return to United looks set to continue to do so.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be expected to return to the starting XI as Manchester United host Aston Villa on Saturday (

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Ronaldo did not feature in United’s midweek loss as they crashed out the Carabao Cup to West Ham, and could be seen visibly frustrated in the stands.

Despite missing out, Ronaldo’s form has him climb up all-time top goalscorer tables.

The 36-year-old is only a handful of goals away from overtaking his former teammate and current manager's tally for the club.

His strike against West Ham in the Premier League was his 122 goal for the Red Devils which took him one above treble-winner Andy Cole.

This has put him in 17th place un United's charts, behind a certain former Norway attacker and teammate.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is 16th on the list with 126 goals to his name, including his famous treble-clinching goal in 1999 against Bayern Munich.

Top of United’s all-time goalscorer list is Wayne Rooney with 253 strikes, followed closely by Sir Bobby Charlton.

Paul Scholes, George Best, Ruud van Nistlerooy and Mark Hughes are all also amongst United’s top scorers.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored in United's 2-1 win over West Ham last weekend (

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It would not take much for Ronaldo to overtake Solskjaer in his current form and he could achieve the feat in the next couple of weeks before October’s international break.

On the all-time Premier League top scorer list, Ronaldo finds himself 43rd with 87 goals, level with Dennis Bergkamp and two ahead of Eden Hazard.

The superstar is one behind Kevin Davies, while Alan Shearer leads the way with 260 goals.

Once again, Ronaldo is within touching distance of his current manager.

Solskjaer is 39th on the list, level with James Beattie, now assistant manager at Wigan Athletic, on 91 top-flight goals.

But catching up with United’s most-prolific attacker, Wayne Rooney, remains out of his reach as the Derby manager is second place on the list with 208 goals.

Ronaldo will have the chance to add to his tally as Manchester United host Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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