Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Manchester United are having to treat Javier Hernandez with special care in order to guide him through his debut Barclays Premier League campaign.
When Ferguson abandoned his normal habit of giving players extended time off following World Cup duties to get Hernandez used to his new team-mates on their summer tour of the United States, little can he have imagined the little Mexican would have bagged 16 goals at this stage of his first season at Old Trafford.
With hugely important fixtures looming in three different competitions, the United boss knows Hernandez is going to be a key man, and told US-based satellite station Sirius XM: "Javier has had a fantastic season We are just keeping an eye on him because he played in the World Cup last year and this is his first season in the Premier League."
He added: "We are trying to keep him as fresh as we possibly can for the important games we have coming up."
However, Ferguson accepts he could have asked nothing more of a player who was an unknown in the UK when he joined United from Chivas last spring.
"He is a marvellous player," Ferguson said. "He is a great trainer. He is a good type. His attitude is fantastic. He is a really outstanding boy."
Ferguson is in the United States to launch Manchester United's 2011 pre-season tour.
A five-match tour will open in Boston on July 14 and conclude with a high-profile meeting with fellow Champions League challengers Barcelona in Washington on July 30.
United have confirmed they will face the Major League Soccer All-Stars team at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey on July 27.
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