Phelan has high hopes for Hernandez

The 22-year-old Mexico striker sealed a deal before the World Cup

and went on to score two goals in South Africa. As part of the

package United will play his former club Chivas Guadalajara at the

end of their summer tour. Phelan said: “We were quietly pleased

with what we saw of Javier at the World Cup. “He is still on a

break but we would like to get him on board as quickly as we can,

so he will join us in America. Then hopefully he will be a major

influence on the team. “We did the deal before the World Cup and

that has probably helped us a little bit! He has only just begun

his career with the national team but already he is a very

influential player for Mexico.” Hernandez, son of Javier Hernandez

who played for Mexico in the 1986 World Cup, came to United’s

attention after scoring 29 goals in 79 games. Phelan added on “He is young, athletic and as keen as mustard. He will

be a good addition. “We all hope he hits the ground running and

adds to what we think is a good blend of youth and experience in

our squad. We just hope it all comes together.” United head out to

their training camp in Chicago on Monday with former Fulham

defender Chris Smalling part of the squad. Phelan said: “We had

spoken to Chris a few times before he actually joined us. We kept

in close contact with him. He is with us now and looking forward to

the challenge. “A club this big is brand new for him. But given

time and with a bit of patience, I am sure he will do well. The

tour will help him settle in and get to know everyone.”