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By ESPN Staff

Ferguson unsurprised by Hernandez's rise to prominence

Alex Ferguson is confident that Javier Hernandez will be a success at Manchester United, with the Mexican having struck four goals in his last four games.

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Following the news that Michael Owen faces a five-week lay-off and Wayne Rooney could spend longer on the sidelines than first thought, Hernandez has the chance to cement his place in the United side.

Ferguson has been impressed by the way he has settled since his move from Guadalajara but never had any doubts he would succeed.

"We are not surprised because we identified a lot about him before we signed him. We did a lot of work on him," Ferguson said.

"Seeing him in pre-season and training we thought he would do well. He is young and wants to learn and he comes from a really good football pedigree. He speaks the language and that is important. Everything is in his favour."

The 22-year-old Mexico international struck twice, including a late winner, in last weekend's crucial Premier League victory over Stoke, followed with another decisive goal against Wolves in the Carling Cup.

"We are all pleased," he said. "Everyone is really excited to have him at the club. He has done really well. His winning goal on Tuesday demonstrated again that he is a very good finisher.''

Ferguson needs Hernandez to maintain his current form, and Dimitar Berbatov to reproduce his performances of the early campaign, to keep the spotlight away from Wayne Rooney's lack of goals.

Rooney had struggled for form all season before getting injured, netting just once for United in the first two months of the campaign.

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