MANCHESTER, November 10 (Premiership) - Cristiano Ronaldo is convinced Manchester United can push Chelsea all the way in the Premiership this season.
Although he has appeared in three domestic finals since joining the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, Ronaldo has not even come close to lifting the league title.
Aided by the Portuguese winger's fine form during the opening weeks of the campaign, United look capable of ending Ronaldo's wait for a championship medal this term, having established a three-point lead over Jose Mourinho's men.
No-one in the Old Trafford camp is getting too carried away just yet, particularly as they are currently heading into a testing run that includes tomorrow's trip to Blackburn and an eagerly-awaited home encounter with Chelsea on November 26.
However, Ronaldo feels United have definitely improved and are capable of matching the outstanding form Chelsea have shown over the past two years.
'Last season Chelsea played really well and were very consistent,' the 21-year-old told MUTV.
'But this year, we are doing exactly the same thing. If we lose or even draw a game it is regarded as a bad result.
'We don't want to lose any game at the moment and in the league we always feel we need to win.'
Although, Ronaldo was part of the United line-up which suffered a stunning Carling Cup reverse at Southend in midweek, the defeat will soon be forgotten if Sir Alex Ferguson men do eventually retain their position at the Premiership summit next May.
At one stage in the summer, it seemed the former Sporting Lisbon star would not be at Old Trafford to help them as he contemplated his future in the wake of the abuse he received over Wayne Rooney's dismissal in England's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Portugal.
Happily, the pair have now patched up their differences and Ronaldo in particular is reaping the benefits, turning in the most consistently high-class performances of his United career.
'I am happy with my form,' he conceded.
'It was a bit difficult for me immediately after the World Cup but the United supporters helped me a lot when other people were saying bad things about me.
'I am very happy at United, I feel as though I am improving and learning more about the game and I just want to keep it going.'