Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Ferguson hails United duo

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has no intention of sending Javier Hernandez out on loan in his debut season in the Barclays Premier League.

The Manchester United manager has chosen the Mexico striker and Federico Macheda as the players to rival Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen, once fit. Danny Welbeck and Mame Biram Diouf will go on loan to get regular games and gain further experience.

Hernandez made an instant impact in his first match for the club after arriving from Chivas Guadalajara, scoring in the 5-2 victory against the MLS All-Stars. Macheda, four years younger, bagged a brace and Ferguson believes both players have bright futures. "I need to keep Macheda and Hernandez, " said the United boss. "There was a lot of purpose in the way they played their football."

He added: "To play for a club like this is not just about talent. You need something else and they've got something else. I am pleased with that."

Ferguson believes Hernandez has similar qualities to England striker Rooney, who skipped the summer tour following the World Cup.

It was a cool finish by the new recruit, who only joined the squad this week after playing in South Africa, where he scored two goals for his country.

Ferguson said: "If we are talking about a combination with Wayne, I think we would need to adjust a bit. They are similar types of players.

"We will assess Hernandez really well and make sure we can bring him to good consistent form.

"There are still little things to do but not a great deal. One he gets used to our training I think he will be okay."

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