Fergie handling Javier with care

When Ferguson abandoned his normal habit of giving players extended

time off following World Cup duties to get Hernandez used to his

new team-mates on their summer tour of the United States, little

can he have imagined the impact the little Mexican would have. A

recent scoring burst of nine goals in 15 games has taken Hernandez

to 16 for the season, 10 of which have come in the league. He

bagged two more for Mexico in their friendly win over Paraguay at

the weekend. Little wonder Ferguson has likened the 22-year-old to

one-time ‘supersub’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who began his managerial

career at Molde with a defeat just over a week ago. With hugely

important fixtures looming in three different competitions, the

United boss knows Hernandez is going to be a key man. “Javier has

had a fantastic season,” Ferguson told US-based satellite station

Sirius XM. “We are just keeping an eye on him because he played in

the World Cup last year and this is his first season in the Premier

League. “We are trying to keep him as fresh as we possibly can for

the important games we have coming up.” However, Ferguson accepts

he could have asked nothing more of a player who was an unknown in

the UK when he joined United from Chivas last spring. “He is a

marvellous player,” Ferguson said. “He is a great trainer. He is a

good type. His attitude is fantastic. He is a really outstanding

boy.” Ferguson is in the United States to launch Manchester

United’s 2011 pre-season tour. A five-match tour will open in

Boston on July 14 and conclude with a high-profile meeting with

fellow Champions League challengers Barcelona in Washington on July

30. United have confirmed they will face the Major League Soccer

All-Stars team at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey on July 27.