United have nine remaining Premier League games, and a maximum of five in the Champions League, should they reach the final. That potentially gives Rooney 14 games to score the 13 goals necessary to pass Ronaldo's mark.
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However, if we take Rooney's recent form as a guide, then he will comfortably pass Ronaldo's mark. Rooney has scored 13 goals in his last 11 games, an average of 1.18 goals per game. Should that ratio continue until the end of the season, Rooney will only need play in 11 more games to score the 13 goals he needs to pass Ronaldo.
Intriguingly, should Rooney's form and fitness remain constant until May, he could even beat Law's all-time United record. If Rooney continues to score an average of 1.18 goals per game and plays in the maximum 15 fixtures he will finish the season with 47 goals, one more than the all-time record set by Law in 1963-64.