(Sporting Alert) — Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed reports that striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez could be forced out of Old Trafford if Robin van Persie is captured.

Hernandez, after a very impressive debut season two-years-ago, struggled in his second last term, with injuries and a good run by Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck limiting his playing time.

With Manchester United interested in signing Arsenal forward Van Perie, many believe that the Mexican would find himself further down the pecking order, which could result in his exit.

However, Ferguson dismissed such claims and his backing the 24-year-old forward to come good again and “have a top season.”

“I think this season we’ll see a better Chicharito,” Ferguson told Inside United.

“For the last four or five years he’s played all through the summer. This year, with the co-operation of Mexico, he’s had a proper rest.

“And that started right back in May when I decided not to take him to Belfast for the Harry Gregg testimonial.

“We wanted to give him as much rest as possible. He had a couple of weeks off and then joined the Mexico side for a couple of qualifying games before getting another few weeks’ rest.

“That was important for him and I’m sure he’ll reap the benefits. We’ve already seen the fruits of that in the early training sessions and I think he’ll have a top season.

“He’s such a good professional and such a fantastic personality.”

Hernandez scored just 12 goals this season.

He had 20 goals in his first season with United.


James Anderson is a major football contributor for SportingAlert. Covers events from the teams in London, including Chelsea and Arsenal.

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