Manchester United legend Mark Hughes has tipped rising Red Devils star Javier Hernandez to be among the great strikers at Old Trafford.

The Fulham boss is preparing his side for the daunting Barclays Premier League trip to Sir Alex Ferguson's league leaders, who will be without the services of their in-form talisman Wayne Rooney following his two match FA ban.

Rooney's absence brings with it the problem of how Hughes deploys his Cottagers to manage the pace of 'Chicharito', who is in contention to start for United on Saturday.

"Wayne is first choice striker at Manchester United and when he is not playing it takes something away from the team. But I have been really impressed with Hernandez.


"I think he is a fantastic striker. I like his movement and understanding of where the ball will drop in the box.

"I've been impressed with his energy and ability to know which runs to make. If Wayne is not there, the onus is more on his young shoulders."

High praise indeed from Hughes who himself scored 119 goals in 345 appearances over two spells for Manchester United.

And with 17 goals already for Hernandez in his debut English league season, the South American starlet has shown plenty of promise and reason for United fans to be optimistic of a long and prosperous Reds career.

"Wayne may not be involved but they have a young striker there who could be one of the best," concluded Hughes.

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