Wayne Rooney has backed Javier Hernandez to score the winner in Saturday's Champions League final.
Rooney, speaking exclusively to ManUtd.com, hailed the Mexican's 20-goal debut season at Old Trafford as “incredible” and isn't ruling out another magical moment when United and Barcelona go head-to-head at Wembley.
“I don't think anybody expected this sort of season from him,” Rooney said. “But since he's joined he's worked hard and cemented his place in the side. He’s playing week in and week out and he’s scoring a lot of goals.
“It’s quite incredible and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up scoring the winning goal in the final to top it all off.”
Rooney and Hernandez developed a formidable partnership this term, particularly during the second half of the season. And it's a pairing that looks poised to bear even more fruit, as Wayne reveals they often spend time together after training, honing their attacking skills.
“Chicha's a nice lad and he works very hard in training," he says. "We often stay out a bit longer and do a bit of finishing work together in order to try and improve. He’s always smiling and he wants to do well. He’s got a great future ahead of him.”
Should United boss Sir Alex Ferguson pick Hernandez in his starting XI – remember, nothing's been confirmed yet, although the boss has hinted he will – Rooney says he'd relish the opportunity to play in the hole behind the Mexican.
“The position I’ve been playing of late has been working well for the team, just behind Chicharito. If I can play there in the final then I feel I could influence the game in the way I’d like to.”
Deploying Rooney in that fashion would also require the no.10 to drop deeper when Barcelona have possession, something that tends to happen quite a lot when the Spanish champions play. But that's something Wayne says he's more than happy to do.
“If I do play in that role then I’ll have a job to do, helping out defending when we don’t have the ball. But that’s not a problem for me – I've done it many times before and I