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Fergie tips Chicharito for 'top season'

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Javier Hernandez to return to top form this term following a disappointing second season at Old Trafford.

Mexico international Hernandez arrived at United from Guadalajara in 2010 and made an instant impact, scoring 20 goals in all competitions, but failed to kick on last term, falling behind Danny Welbeck in the pecking order.

Injuries and a loss of form blighted the striker's 2011-12 campaign but Ferguson believes the 24-year-old will feel the benefit of a rare rest over the summer when the Premier League season commences.

"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."

Ferguson added: "He's such a good professional and such a fantastic personality."

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