FOOTBALL NEWS

31/07/2012 09:00, Report by James Tuck

Sir Alex backs Chicha

Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced a much-needed summer break will lead to a successful season for Javier Hernandez.

After a superb maiden campaign for United, Chicharito struggled to reach the same heights in 2011/12, during which his progress was also disrupted by injury.

This summer Sir Alex negotiated for the striker to be left out of Mexico’s Olympics squad to allow him to rest, and the Reds boss believes we’ll see the best of him as a result.

"I think this season we'll see a better Chicharito," Sir Alex told the club's official monthly magazine, 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

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Happy Hernandez

"He's such a good professional and such a fantastic personality. He just loves life and loves playing football. Every training session he buzzes around the place with a big smile."

– Sir Alex Ferguson

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