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Wayne Rooney has been paid the ultimate compliment by manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who claims the Manchester United star is as good as Pele.

The 25-year-old hitman has been in scintillating form so far this season, bagging hat-tricks in his past two Premier League matches to take his tally to eight goals in four domestic games.

Rooney's all action displays have seen him labelled the "white Pele" by fans in the Stretford End at Old Trafford, with Benfica coach Jorge Jesus declaring before his side took on United in the Champions League last night that Rooney is "more Brazilian or Argentinean" than English.

And Ferguson agrees, comparing his talisman to the legendary Brazilian, viewed by many as the best footballer to have played the game.

"Look at Pele," Ferguson said. "He was a very aggressive attacker as well who could look after himself. So can Rooney. There are similarities that way in strength, speed and determination. But he is white, completely white."

Yet, despite Jesus preaching about Rooney's South American qualities, Ferguson feels his star striker is the epitome of the best the British can offer.

The United boss highlights that the former Everton hero does not give you only goals, but a will to win and work ethic that ranks up there with a list of English football greats.

"Wayne is a typical British player," Ferguson added. "But there have been British players who have great qualities that made them great players - [Paul] Gascoigne, George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law.

"The similarities are that the boy has great courage. He wants to play all the time. He has incredible stamina. These are added extras to the talent he has."

Ferguson is also backing Rooney and Mexican strike partner Javier Hernandez to each hit the 25-goal mark this season.

The pair have contributed 10 already between them in United's stunning start, with Rooney currently sitting proudly on top of the league's scoring charts.

"Two years ago Wayne's target was to go over 30 and he reached it very quickly," said Ferguson, who is looking for a 13th top-flight title in his 25th year in charge. "If he gets to that target again I will be absolutely delighted because with Javier's ability to score we could have two goalscorers well above 25."

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