Fergie ponders two-pronged attack

Rooney scored an impressive 34 goals last term after Ferguson opted

to use his number one striker largely on his own. Dimitar Berbatov

and Michael Owen are again around to lend support but the Red

Devils also have another predator on their books now in the form of

Hernandez. Already the Mexico World Cup star has scored three times

in as many pre-season games, including one against United for his

old club Chivas, and will be out to make it four on the trot in

Sunday’s Community Shield encounter with Chelsea at Wembley. Such

form will not be easy for Ferguson to ignore once the competitive

action starts next weekend, and the Old Trafford chief admits he

could be tempted to play his new recruit alongside his 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.” Ferguson does not

intend to read too much into Sunday’s result. With so many just

back from their World Cup exertions, Ferguson knows it is more

important to ensure his players all have enough match practice

under their belts, which means Rooney, Park Ji-sung and Nemanja

Vidic may all have their appearances restricted, along with Owen

and Antonio Valencia, who are only just back from injury. “We

always take the long view,” he said. “There is no point pushing

players too early, so I don’t think we will get the benefit of

these players until the third week of the season. “The World Cup is

probably the pinnacle of a lot of players’ careers. The intensity

and profile of it means it does take a lot out of them and we have

to give them a proper rest. “It does mean early in the season

because there is a little bit of risk in terms of knowing players

are 100 per cent ready to be involved in these games.”