Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Paul Scholes tipped Javier Hernandez to score 25 goals in his debut season for United.
With 16 goals to his name, Hernandez has had the ideal start to his career at Old Trafford after signing from Guadalajara for a reported £8 million.
And Ferguson said United legend Scholes could see his talent immediately, after his debut for the club against the MLS All-Stars last July.
"When Javier scored his first goal in Houston, Paul told me after the game that he'd get 25 goals this season," Ferguson said.
"Paul is a quiet lad and doesn't say a lot, but he’s a fantastic judge.
"And with Hernandez now on 16 goals, with eight league games left and hopefully a few European and FA Cup ties, he could reach that tally and Scholes would be right. That's the way we're looking at him now – we're expecting that."
Despite his impact at the World Cup for Mexico, where he scored twice against France and Argentina, the Scot wasn't expecting to use Hernandez from the start this season and has been surprised by his quick development.
"It's been nothing but acceleration [by him]," Sir Alex said.
"We tell a lot of our young players to take time to settle in, learn the language and develop physically, because it is a physical league.
"He’s now had his breaking-in period and, although he could speak English, it is now much better.
"He comes into training every morning at 9am, does his own work in the gym, then stays after training with the rest of the players and practises various parts of his game.
"The boy wants to be a player and the footballing tradition of his family has helped. That gives him an extra encouragement and urge to do well, which is sensational."
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