Cristiano Ronaldo has already beaten goal tally of Alexis Sanchez and Di Maria

Cristiano Ronaldo has already equalled Alexis Sanchez and Angel Di Maria’s Manchester United Premier League goal tallies after just two games.

The 36-year-old phenomenon scored his third league goal since his return to the club in the nail-biting 2-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday, with Jesse Lingard adding the second late-on.

That came after Ronaldo netted a brace on his second debut for United as they beat Newcastle United 4-0 at Old Trafford, 12 years after he initially left for Real Madrid.

And the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has shamed United’s previous no.7s by already overtaking their goal-scoring totals after far fewer matches.

Sanchez had been a world-class forward at Arsenal but became a flop after his move to Man United.

He spent 18 months at Old Trafford, scoring only three times in 32 league appearances before being loaned out to Inter Milan.

Fellow South American Di Maria suffered a similar fate at United, arriving for a whopping £59.7million fee and initially showing promise.

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But the Argentinian winger soon lost form and only went on to tally three goals in 27 games.

Di Maria left for Paris Saint-Germain after only one season where he reignited his stellar form, having scored 52 times in 174 matches.

Others to have shared the cursed no.7 jersey at United in recent years are England forward Michael Owen and Dutchman Memphis Depay, both of whom struggled during their time at the club.

But Ronaldo looks set to shatter the curse as the Red Devils benefit from his arrival while previous side Juventus sit in the relegation zone of Serie A.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will play West Ham again on Wednesday in the EFL Cup before facing Aston Villa on Saturday.

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