Fergie hails Hernandez
Sir Alex Ferguson could pair new-boy Javier Hernandez with Wayne Rooney this season.
By Razwan Mirza
Last Updated: 07/08/10 4:27pm
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson could pair up new-boy Javier Hernandez with Wayne Rooney following an impressive string of pre-season displays by the young Mexican.
Despite a stunning 34 goals by Rooney last season when operating as a lone striker for long periods, Ferguson seems certain to use the 22-year-old in a two-pronged attack when the Premier League season kicks-off.
The former Guadalajara striker looks likely to compete with Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen for a starting berth and the Old Trafford chief admits he could be tempted to play his new recruit alongside Rooney.
"We have not tried anything like it yet but we have played two strikers in the past," conceded Ferguson.
"It doesn't mean it will happen every week but it will happen on some occasions.
"Hernandez has had a good start. He is an intelligent player with tremendous pace and penetration.
"The Mexican league is tough, so bringing players to England from there is not going to be a problem."
Meanwhile, midfielder Darren Fletcher has backed Hernandez to shine at Old Trafford.
The striker who scored against Argentina during the World Cup in South Africa has been in eye-catching form, scoring three times in as many pre-season games, including one against United for his old club Chivas.
The Scotland international believes that Sir Alex Ferguson has bagged a bargain after paying a relatively modest £7million for his services at the beginning of May.
"Javier is a lovely lad," said Fletcher. "He has come in and settled really well. He speaks great English and gives us another option up front.
"But strikers thrive on goals. You see the confidence they get from them. Javier will be no different.
"Hopefully he can get off to a flying start and won't look back."